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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEi 



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BY GEORGE MAG DONALD, M.A., 

AUTHOB OF "ANNALS OF A QUIET NEIGHBOBHOOD,** "DAVID ELGINBBOD,* 

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By GEORGE MAC DONALD. 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. A Novel. 8vo, Paper, 75 cents. 
ANNALS OF A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD. i2mo, Cloth, $1 75. 
GUILD COURT. A London Story. 8vo, Paper, 50 cents. 

Mr. Mac Donald la a Poet, with trae fpirltnal inalgtat into life, a large-hearted, earnest man, who is steadily 
winning his way to the public recognition of hia power.— L<mdon Examiner. 

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TuE rarm-yard wu full of the tiglit of d inni- 
moT noonticle. Nothing can be to detolalcly 
dreary u full itrong gnnliglil can be. Not a 
Uring creature v/aa to be seen in all ilic equare 
inclosnrc, thoagb cow-hoiucs and Mibic* formed 
the greater part of it, and oik end wai ooi-ii;iied 
bj a dwell! ag-boou. Away (liroiii:l> 'l>c Kale 
at (he other end, far off in fenced Heldfl, might 
be seen the dark fomiB of cattle ; and on a road, 
at no gi'ent dUtnncc, apart crawled alonp, dranu 
bj one ilecpv hor«e. An occuional wcarf low 
came from aome impriioncil cow — or animal of 
Iho cow-kind ; but not even a cat cioued the 
yard. The door of the barn was open, showing 
a polUbcd floor, as cmptv, bri);'i>> nnd clean aa 
Ihnl of a ball-riKim. And through the oppoeile 
door ihone the jut year's riclu of corn, goldcD 
in the sun. 

Now, although a farm-ynrd it not, either in 
Scotland or ctscwhero, the liveliest of places in 
ardinarr, and slilt ledt about noon in lummer, yet 
there wa* a peculiar canae renderinfc this one, at 
thii moment, excopliiinally daierted and dreary. 
But there were, nolwilhitiLnding, a great many 
more people about tlie place than waatuual, only 
they wens all gathered together in the ben-end, 
or beat room of iha honae — a room of tolerable 
siie, ^vitb a cleaa boarded floor, a malioginy 
tabic, block with age, and chairs of like matcfial, 
irhosa wooden scats, and hi|;b, straight backs, 
were more snggcstive of atace than repoM. Ercry 
one of these chain wni occopiod by anient man, 
whoic gaie was cither flxed on the llnor, or lost 
in the Toids of space. Each w era a black coat, 
and most of them were in black ihronghont. 
Thcirhard, ihiek, brown hands — handi evidently 
nnnscd lo idleness — grasped ihcir kneeii, or, 
folded in each other, rested upon Ihem. Homo 
bottles and glanci, wiih a plalu of biwnitf, on a 
tMv in a corner, seemed to indicate ihni iho 
meeting was not entirely for buiincu purposes ; 
and yet ihoro were no sign* of any sortof enjoy- 
monk Nor wa* there ■ woman to be seen in 
tlis company. 

Suddenly, at the open door, appeared a man 
whose shirt ilecTes showed very while against hii 
other clothing, which, like tlmtoftho rest, was of 
decent black. Ha addrcaud iho alstmbly thus : 

" Gill oiiy o' ye want lo see the corp, iiou '■ yor 

To ihit ofTar no one responded ; and, with a 
slight air of dbcomflluro, far ho was a busy man, 
and liked bustle, the carponior lurned on his heel, 
iBd teHoraded tba oatrow auin m Hm Di>per 



lere ihe corpse luy, wailing for it 
n and conned oblivion. 
"I reckon they 've a' seen him afore," he re' 
marked, as he tiyoined his companion. " Pnii 
fallow! He's nnco(uncciuiA/y) worn. There'Uni 
be mackle o' him lo rise again." 

"Georgte, man, dinnajccsti'ihefaceo'acorp,'' 
returned ihe oiher. " Yc kcnna whar " ~ 

"it 'a Dodiircspeck to ihe deid, Tliamns. That 
yc ken weeleneuch. I was only piiyin' iliewom 
face o' him, loukin up ihcrcaiweenihebuirds, u 
gin he had gollen what ho wanted lao lang, an 
was lliankin' heaven for that same. I jisE dinn 
lika to pit ihe lid owcr bim." 

"Hoot: hootl Lni Ihe Lord Inikefler hisain 
The lid o' the coffin dUna bids frao his eon." 

Tlie last speaker was a siDur, broad-thoDldered 
man, a stme-mnMtn by trade, powerful, and some- 
what oslhmatic. lie was regarded in the neigh- 
l>othood as a very rDligiout man. but was more 
respectedthan liked, bocansa his forte was rebuke. 
It nns from deference to him thai the carpenler 
bad assumed a. mental position sencraiing a poetie 
mood and utie ranee <tu lie unnsnalwilti bim, for ho 
, . , candesa kind of fellow, wcU-inMtiins 
and gooil-hoarted. 

So together Ihcy lifted the last covering of the 
dead, laid it oicr liim, and fastened il down. 
And there wns dorkness alioiit Iho dead j bnl he 
knew IE not, liecause he was full of light. For 
this man wa* one wbo, all his life, bad slrivcn 
lo be better. 

Meaniime, the clergyman having arrivud, ihe 
usual religions ceremonial of a Scotch funeral — 
the readinc of the word and prayer — was going on 
below. This was all that gave the burial nny 
sacred <olcmnily ; for at the grave iho Scoicti 
terror of I'opery forbids any observance of a re- 
ligiutis charaeier. The voice of the reader was 
heard iti the chamber of death. 
The miniiier 's come, Thamas." 
Come or gang," said Thoma*, "it'smuekb 
the lamo. The word itael' oot o' his mou' fa's as 
deid aacbaffupo' clay, llonosi Jeames there 'II 

wi' the croon o"s held i' the bow o"s neck, 'II riM 
to belr witness o* hi* ministratlona." 

"Hooi,ThamasI It's nofoT ihe likes cy me (ollee 
i' your face — bal Jin! Say a fair word for Ihe livin' 
ower the deid, ye lun." 

"Na, no. it's fair words mnks font wark ; 
and the wrolb o' iha Almlohly maun PurRC i) ' 



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and lliiil |>iiir fecklew body, ll 
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vntion, to baud them aff o* the scaur (jcKff) o' 
hell." 

The stone-mason generally spoke of the Al- 
mij^hty as !f he were in a state of restrained in- 
dignation at the wrongs he endared from his 
children. If Thomas was right in this, then 
certainly he himself was one of his ofTztpring. If 
he was wrong, tlien there was much well worth 
Iii.4 unlearning. 

The prayer was soon over, and the company 
aguin seated themselves, waiting till the coffin 
hhould be placed in the hearse, which now stood 
nt the door. 

** We '11 just draw the cork o* anither boatle,*' 
whispered a sharp-faced roan to his neighbor. 

And rising, he opened two bottles, and filled 
the glasses the second time with wine, red and 
white, which he handed to the minister first. 

*' Tak' a drappy mair, sir," he whispered in a 
C43nxing, old-wivish tone, ^' it *s a lang road to 
the kirkyard." 

' But the minister declining, most of the others 
followed his example. One after another they 
withdrew to the door, where the honrso was now 
laden with the harvest of the grave. 

Falling in behind the body, they moved in an 
irregular procession from the yard. Outside 
they were joined by several more in gigs and on 
horseback ; and thus they crept, a curious train, 
away toward the resting-place of the dead. 

It were a dreary rest, indeed, if that were their 
resting-place— on the side of a low hill, without 
tree or shrub to beautify it, or even the presence of 
an old church to seem to sanctify the spot. There 
was some long grass in it, though, clambering up 
as if it sought to bury the gravestones in their 
turn. And that long grass was a blcssinf;. 
Better still, there was a sky overhead, in which 
men can not set up any gravestones. But if any 
graveyard bo the typo of the rest expected by 
those left behind, it is no wonder they shrink 
from joining those that are away. 



CHAPTER II. 

When the last man had disappeared, the 
women, like those of an eastern hurem, began 
to come out. The first that entered the deserted 
room was a hard-featured, reproachful looking 
woman, the sister of the departed. She instantly 
began to put the place in order, as if she ex- 
pected her turn to come on the morrow. In a 
few moments more a servant appeared, and be- 
gan to assist her. The girl had been crying, 
and the tears would still come, in spite of her 
efforts to repress them. In the vain attempt to 
dry her eyes with the comer of her apron, she 
nearly dropped one of the chairs, which she was 
simultaneously dusting and restoring to its nsnal 
place. Her mistress turned upon her with a 
kind of cold fierceness. 

** Is that boo ye shaw yer regard to the deid, 
by brackin* the cheirs he left ahin* him ! Lat sit, 
an* gang an* luik for that puir, doited thing, 
Annie. Gin it had only been the Almichty*s 
will to hao taen her, an* left him, honest man !'* 

**Dinna daur to say a word again' the bnirn, 
mem. The deid *ll hear ye, an* no lie still.'' 

" Supperstitious quean ! Gang an' do n5 I tell 
ye thia minute. What business hao yc to sans 



greetin abootthe hoose? He was no drap's bluii 



o' vours !" 



To this the girl made no reply, but left the rooa 
in quest of Annie. When she reached the dooi 
she stood fo^a moment on the threshold, an* 
putting her hand over her eyes, shouted ^^ Annie! 
But, apparently startled at the sound of her owi 
voice where the unhearing dead had so Intel; 
passed, she let the end of the call die away in 1 
quaver, and, without repeating it, set off to fin< 
the missing child by the use of her eyes alone 
First she went into the barn, and then througl 
the barn into the stack-yard, and then round th 
ricks one after another, and then into tlie corn 
loft; but all without avail. At length, a» sh 
was beginning to feel rather alarmed about th 
child, she arrived, in the progress of her search 
at the door of one of the cow-houses. The mo 
ment she looked round the comer into the stal 
next the door, she stood stock-still, with he 
mouth wide open. This stall was occupied by : 
favorite cow — brown, with large white spotj 
called therefore Brownie, Her manger was ful 
of fresh-cut grass; and half buried in thi 
graft*, at one end of the manger, with her bac 
against the wall, sat Annie, holding one of th 
cars of the hornless Brownie with one hand an< 
stroking the creature's nose with the other. 

She was a delicate child, about nine yeai-s old 
with blue eyes, half full of tears, hair soniewher 
between dark and fair, gathered in a silk net 
and a pale face, on which a faint moonlike smil 
was glimmering. The old cow continued to hoi 
her nose to be stroked. 

" Is na Broonic a fine coo, Betty ?" said th 
child, as the maid went on staring at her. *' Pui 
Broonie ! Nacbody mindit me, an' sac I cam t 
you,Broonie." 

And she laid her cheek, white» smooth, nn< 
thin, against tho broad, fiat, hairy forehead nf tli< 
friendly cow. Then turning again to Betty, sir 
said — 

"Dinna tell nuntie whaur I am, Betty. La 
me be. I 'm Iwst here wi' Broonic. " 

Betty said never a word, but returned to be 
mistress. 

" Whanr's tho bairn, Betty? At some mis 
cheef or ithcr, I '11 wad.'* 

** Hoot I mem, th<» baira 's weel eneuch. Bairn 
maunna be followed like carr {cahesy 

"Whaur is she?** 

"I canna jist doonricht exackly tnk' upo* rai 
to say," answered Betty ; ** but I hac no f .^a 
aboot her. She *s a wise bairn." 

** Ye 're no the lassie's keeper, Betty. I sec '. 
maun seek her mysel*. Ye 're aidin' an' abcttin 
as usual. '* 

So saying, Auntie Meg went out to look foi 
her niece. It was some time before the natura 
order of her search brought her at last to th< 
byre. By that time Annie was almost asleep it 
the grass, which the cow was gradually pulling 
away from under her. Through the ojxjn doo: 
the child could sec the sunlight lying heavy upoi 
the hot stones that paved the yard ; but in hen 
it was so dark-shadowy and cool, and the cov 
was such good, kindly company, and she was s< 
safe hidden from auntie, as she thought — for m 
one had ever found her there before, and s\n 
knew Betty would not tell — that, as I say, sIk 
was nearly asleep with comfort, half buried ii 
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But ibe irm ranHd all at ones to ft acnte of 
exposure nnd inscuutiiy. Sbo looked up, and at 
the same inomGnl the hawk now of tier nant 
cnine ronnd the door-duA. Aiinii«'s temper 
I none the better ihaD \aaa\ that it hnd 
pleased the Almichig to take the brother whom 
'le lorsd, and to leave behind the child nbom 
10 regnnled w b painTuI Te9|ionaibilii,v. And 
in with her emtti, fierce eyes, and her big, thin 
MB— both red with lapprwsed crying— »ho did 
It dann upon the lentB of Annie lU an embod- 
iment of the matcmitjoftbe univone. 

"Yo plaBu^oniE brat r cried Auutio; "there 
huBetly bcenaeekin'ye, andIhaobeen»eekin' 
ye, far an' near, i' the vemroitan holes: nn'here 

CB are, on yorain father's bury in' ditylbnt conies 
at ance — takin'np »i' a coo." 
But the caosea of Annie's preference of Iho 
•acletj of Bramiie to ihnt of Auntie mi);lit hare 
been tolerably clear to an onlooker, wiihoui word 
spoken. For to Annie and her needs, noiwilli- 
■inndini; Ihe hamblofaur-fiKiiednass of Brownie, 
there was in her ]aTge mild cyei, and bor hniry, 
fwlarflcHifuca, all no*e and no nooe, more of the 
di*ins than in the hnman form of Auntie Meg. 
And there was ramc thing of nn indignation ijuito 
human in the way the cow tossed her bound bend 
and nock toward the woman that darkened the 
dour, as if warning her olTher premises. But 
ithotit a word of reply, Annie roso, Biine her 
ms round Brownie's head, kiued the while Mar 
I her forehead, disengnpcd herself from the 
gross, and got out of the manircr. Auntie seised 
her hand with a rough action, but not unuenlle 
grasp, and t«l her away to tho house. Thottonet 
felt Tcrj hot to her little bare feet. 



CHAPTER m. 

Bi this time the fitueral was approaching Ibe 
cburcbyord ai a more rapid psccj fur (ho po. 
(kstrians had dropped aivay one by one, rn di- 
Wrgiog roads, or bad s(op|ied and retraced their 
•leps. But aa they drew near Ihc phiee, ilie itow 
trot subsided intoa tluw walk onca more. To an 
English eye tho whole roods wonid hafO appeared 
barbaroiu. But if Ihe carved and plded skulla 
■nd crosa-boncs on Ihc hcorse were ill-conceived, 
at least there were no awful nodding plamei to 
■nako death hideous with yei more of cloudy 
dnrkness ; and one of the panels ihowcd, in all 
the sunshine that golden mys could yield, the 
Besurreciion of the Lord — tho victory over the 
frave. And, again, when tbey slopped at the 
gate of the churchyard, they were the hands of 
ftienda and neighbors, and nol tbose of cormorant 
vndenaker* and obscene muie*, that bore the 
dead man to his grave. And, once mon?, ifthe 
only rile they otnerved, when the body hod sul- 
lied into its place of decay, was the silent nn- 
coToring of the head, as n last token of respect 
and farewell,ii may be saggenled that the Church 
of KngUnd hcraclf, in all her bcautlfal nervice, 
hu no prayoT for tlie ilenarted son), whivh can 
not iM beyond the need of prayer. ■■ tho longineii 
thai follow it Into the rrgion of the Unknown, 
ire not beyond its comfort. 

Before the grnvo was quite nilod the company 

had nearly gone. Tbnmai Crann, ih<! stnnc- 

[mMODf tM O«oisa Mawrlw, tfcn mrtjln, ■loae 



remained behind, for they had wimc charge oi 
the nrmngements, and ivero now Inking n aburc 
ill covering the grnrc. At length Ihe last sud 
vrna laid upon the monad, and stamped into its 
place, whore soon iha earth's broki-n surfuce 
would heal, a«socicty would flow wgethcr aguin, 
closing over the place that had known the de- 
parted, and would know him no morn. Then 
Thomas and George sat down, opposllo to each 
other, on two neighboring tombntoues, and, wip. 
ing their brows, gare each a aigh oFroIiof, for 
the sun was hot and oppressive. 

'' ttecli ! it 's n weary warl,"snid George. 

" Yc bno no richl lo saj aae, George," an- 
swered Tliomiis, "for ye has never met it, an' 
foughten wi' 't. Yc tiac never draan the »oord 
o' tho Lord and o' Gideon. Ye hae never bn-kcn 
tho pitaher, to Ul the lamp shine out, an' I doiilit 
ye hae Emo'red it by this time. And sac, whnii 
the bridegroom comes, ye '11 bo iU-alTfnra lichl," 

" Iloot, man ! diniia speak >lc awfu' Ihingi i' 
the verra kirkyard." 

"Better hear ilicm i'thekirkyard, than at ihe 
closed door, Georicc 1"' 

" Weel, buC rejoined Macwhn, anxious to turn 
tho current of the convenmtion, which ho found 
unpleasantly personal, "jiai ie1l me honestly, 
Thamoa Crann. do ye believe, wi' a'yer heart an' 
sowl, that Ihe dcid miin— Gude be wi'him!— " 

"Nopmyin'forthodeid I'my hcnrin', George! 
As the tree falkih.so it shall lie." 

" Wcel 1 weel I I didna mean ony thing." 

" That I veiily believe. Ye seldom do I" 

" But t jist wnnt to speir," resumed Georp-. 
with some asperity, getting rather ncltled at lii> 
companion's iiersisient discourtesy, "gin ye he- 
licve that Jeamea Anderson hero, honest mnn, 
itnoath our feet, cramblin' awn', as ye ken, and ni> 
oe spoke o' his wheel lu the furc, or Ung, lo tell 
what his cart w«« like— do ya belicto that his 
honest face will, ncdny.pnirtthcmouls, an* come 
np npiin, jiat here, i' llio face o'thc light, tht 



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er him? DoreboliovethaT, Thamaa Crann?" 
" Nb, na, GeorKc man. Yo ken little what 
re busiest aayin'. Il 'II bo a glorifeed body 
il he '11 rise wi'. It 's sown in dishonor, nnd 
■cd in glory. Hoot! hooll years iEnorniit, 

Mncwlia got more nettled still at his lonu uf 
supariiirily. 

" Woditbeaglortfecdilmmer-leghe rose wi", 
gin he hod been buried wi' a timmor-leg ?" ukcd 
be. 

*' His ain leg wad bo buried some gait," 

" Ow ay ! nae dool. An' it wad come haiiplti' 
r the Pacecfie, or the Atlantic, lo jino it« 



George ! George !" said Thomas, wlili great 
solomnity, "Inikyocfteryersowl, nn'thoLnrd'U 
Inik efter yer body, legs an" a' 1 Man, yn Vo ni> 
convortil, an' boo can ye nnnerstnn' the things u' 
theawicrit? AyoJMrin', an' jociin' !'' 

■■WpkII weed Thamas," mjoinod Macwha, 
molUned in porcviving that he had uoi bad alto- 
geiberihe womin the tilt of words : "I wad only 
lak' the locbony o' ibiokln' thai, when Ho was 
aboot it, the Almicbiy micht as weel mak' a new 
biidr a'lhe^iiher, aagang[Mtehin'upiheauldaiio. 
Sno'I s'awB bame." 

' UiBd ja yer fmmortal pain, Qmrge," said 



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Thomas, with n AdaI thrus»t, as ho likewise rose to 
go home with him on the box of the hearse. 

'* Gin the Lord tak*8 sic guid care o' the body, 
Thamas," retorted Macwha, with less of irrev- 
erence than appeared in his words, ''may be he 
winna objec* to gie a look to my pair soul as weel ; 
for they say it 's worth a hantle mair. I wish he 
wad, for he kens better nor me hoo to set aboot the 
job." 

So saying, he strode briskly over the graves and 
out of the charchyard, leaving Thomas to follow 
tu> fast as suited his anwicldy strength. 



CHAPTER IV. 

Meantime another conversation was going on 
in one of the gigs, as it bore two of the company 
from the place of tombs, which will serve a lit- 
tle fur the purposes of this history. One of the 
twain was a coasin of the deceased, already in- 
cidentally mentioned as taking some direction 
in the matter of refreshment. His name was 
no less than Robert Bruce. The other was 
oillcd Andrew Constable, and was a worthy 
elder of the kirk. 

*^ Weel, Robert," began the latter, after they 
had jogged on in silence for half a mile or so, 
** what *s to be done wi* little Annie Anderson 
and her Auntie Meg, npo that the douce mon 's 
gane hame, an' left them thcroot, as *t war?" 

**They canna hae that muckle to the fore 
efter the doctor an* a' 's sattled for." 

** It 's no to bo thought. It 's lang sin' ever 
be wrought a day's darg (contracted from ' day- 
werk'y* 

" Jeames Dow luikit weel after the farmin', 
though." 

''Nae doobt. He *s a guid servant that, to 
ony man he ca's master. But there canna be 
rouckle siller to the fore." 

A pause followed. 

•*WhBt think ye noo, Andrew?" recom- 
menced Bruce. '* Te 're weel kent for an hon- 
est an 'alang-heided man. Do ye think that 
folk wad expec' ony thing o' me gin the warst 
cam to the warst?" 

** Weel, Robert, I dinna think there *s muckle 
guid in luikin' to wliat fowk micht or micht not 
expec' o* ye." 

**That *s jist what I was thinkin* mysel' ; for, 
ye see, I hoe a sma' faimily o' my ain to hand 
chowin' already." 

**Naedoot — nae doot. But — " 

''Ay, ay ; I ken what ye wad say. I maun- 
na a'thegither disregaird what fowk think, 'cause 
there 's the chop (sAe^) ; an' gin I ance got — no 
to say an ill name, but jist the wind o' no being 
sae considerate as I micht hae been, there 's no 
sayin' but twa or three micht gang by my door, 
and across to Jamie Mitchell's yonner." 

" Do ye what 's richt, Robert Bruce, and sae 
defy fowl and fairy." 

"Na, na, that winna aye work. A body 
maun tak' care o' their ain, else wha *s to do 't ?" 

"Weel," rejoined Andrew with a smile, for 
he understood Brace well enough, although he 
pretended to have mistaken his meaning — 
"weel, gin the Uumie falls to you, nao doot ye 
maun take chairge & her." 

" I dinna mean Jeames Anderson's bairns — I 
mean my ain bairns." 



" Robert, whatever way ye decide, I lioap it 
may be sic a deceesion as will admit o* yer cast- 
in' yer care upo' i/twi." 

"I ken a' aboot that, Andrew. But my 
opccnion upo' that text is jist this — ^that ilka 
vessel has to baud the fill o' 't, and what rins 
ower may be committed to Him, for ye can baud 
it no langer. Them that winna tak tent (carej 
'11 tak scathe. It 's a sweer (lazy) thochtless way 
to gang to the Almichty wi' ilka fash. Whan 
I 'm driven to ane mair, that ane sail aye be 
Him. Ye min* the story about my namesake 
and the spidder ?" 

"Ay, weel eneuch," answered Andrew. 

But he did not proceed to remark that be 
could see no connection between that story and 
the subject in hand, for Bruce's question did 
not take him by surprise, it being well under- 
stood that ho was in the habit of making all 
possible and some impossible references to his 
great namesake. Indeed, he wished evcrv' body 
to think, though he seldom ventured to assert it 
plainly, that he was lineally descended ficni the 
king. Nor did Andrew make Hirther remark of 
any sort with regard to the fate of Annie or the 
duty of Bruce, for he saw that his companion 
wanted no advice— only some talk, and possibly 
M>me sympathy with his perplexity as to what 
the world might think of him. But with this 
perplexity Andrew could accord him very littla 
sympathy indeed ; for he could not take much 
interest m the buttressing of a reputation which 
he knew to be already quite undermined by 
widely-reported acts of petty meanness and self- 
ishness. Nor was this fact much to be wonder- 
ed at, if his principles were really those wliich 
ho had so openly advocated. Indeed, Andrew 
knew well that it would be a bad day for poor 
Annie when she came under Bruce's roof, and 
therefore sincerely hoped that Auntie Meg 
might find some way of managing so as to 
avoid parting with the child ; for he knew, too, 
that, though her aunt was fierce and bard, 
she had yet a warm spot somewhere about her 
heart. 

Margaret Anderson had known perfectly well 
for some time that she and Annie must part be- 
fore long. The lease of the farm would expire 
at the close of the autumn of next year ; and as 
it had been rather a losing affair for some time, 
she had no inclination to request a renewal. 
When her brother's debts should be paid, there 
would not remain, even after the sale of the stock, 
more than a hundred and fifty ponnds. For 
herself, she believed she must go into service— 
which would hurt her pride more than it would 
alter her position, for her hands had done far 
more of the necessary labor than those of the 
maid who assisted her. Indeed, in her proudest 
mood, she would have welcomed death rather 
than idleness. What was to become of Annie 
she did not yet see. 

Meantime there remained for the child just a 
year more of the native farm, with all the varie- 
ties of life which had been so dear to her. Auntie 
Meg did not spare to put her in mind of the 
coming change ; but it seemed to Annie so long 
in coming that it never would come. The im- 
pression was worn off by the daily attempt to 
deepen it, she gave herself up to the childish 
pleasures within her reach, without thinking of 
their approaching loss. 



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CHAPTER V. 

Ajn> wbj ilumld Annia thiok of the future t 
The fuluro nis nol: ibe proMitt wn»— and Tull 
of ilclighls. If sho did not receive much [fin- 
jerueu from Anulic, M lesst she vraa not afraid 
of her. The pungency of her lemper wbj bnt 
01 the lalt and vini^ar whieli brought out the 
iruo llaror of the other nutabcrlcss pleoiurcs 
■Toaud her. Were her oxcursioni far a-field, 
perched aloft on Dowie'i «hoiildcr. and holding 
on by tbo lop of hU head, or clinging to his buck 
with her arms round his neck, at all the leu de- 
lightful that AuDtie was scolding at home? Tbc; 
would have been lesi delightful if she bad 
thought of the fnturo ; bnt she thought only of 
■he present joy; or ralber she took itai it came, 
and let it piny npon bar, witbont thinking about 
it at all. And if ibc woa late for ona of her 
ncnl^t, for Annio had no TCry correct sense of the 
lapw ofliruH, and Annliehad declared abc should 
go Ciuting, it was yet not witbont her connivance 
lb4t roay-focod Beity got the child the best of 
erery thing that was at hand, and put cream ia 
her milk, and batter on her oat cake, Annie 
mansginf; to consume evciy thing with satisfac- 
tioD, Qotwitlistanding the hardy-gnrdj accom- 
paniment of her aunt's andible reflections. And 
Bronnie was ainayi friendly; ever ready on 
any MTious emerceney, when Anntie'« temper 
was still leas placid than usnol, lo yield n corner 
of liet manger for a refat^ to the cbild. And 
■he cocks and hene, even tbo peacock nnd the 
turkey-cock, knew herpcrfcell}', and would come 
when ibo colled them, if not altcf^her out of 
aficctlon for her, at least out of hope in bor 
Iwnnty; sod slis bad not yet arrived at the 
painful wisdom of beginning to question tno- 
tircs~~a wisdom wblch mislead* more than it 
Kuidcs. She loved (Aem, and thai wns enough 
for her. And she would ride the horses to water, 
silting *idcwa}« on their broad backs like a bare- 
footed ladyt for Dowie had such rcsticct fur his 
Itlllo miilresa, ai ho calleil her, that lie would 
Dcrer let her get astride "lifco a laddie," how- 
ever much she wanted to do so. And when the 
morning wns wet, and the sound of the llnlb 
cnme lo her from the bam, ulie would walcb for 
the moment when her aunt's back would be 
turned, and then scuny aeross Ibe yard, like a 
mouie to its bole ; fur Auntie's flrst impulse was 
always to oppose whaterci Annie desired. Once 
in the barn, she wonld bury herMlf like a mote 
in the ilraw, and listen to the unfailing metro- 
nome of the Hails, till she would fall ■□ fast asleep 
as lo awake only when her uncomfortable aunt, 
belioring that at last the awful tomctbiug or 
other Itaii happened to the rojil lassie, dragged 
ber nut ignaminioiui^ by the heels. But the 
ruji laasia was one of the gentlcn of girls, what 
advcnturousneM she had being the result of faith, 
and not of hardihood. 

And then came the delights of the harrcsl-ficld 
— toon to bccomB in^at golden splendors lo the 
memory. Willi the reapers she would remain 
from morning till nighi, sharing in tbcir meals, 
nnd lightening tbcir labor with ber gentle fnilir, 
Eiery day, after tbo noontide moal, she would 
go to sleep on the sbaJy Hide of a Uoot, npon ; 
two or thre« sheaves whii^h Dowie wuuld lay 
down for her in a choice spot Indeed the Utile 
m was very fond of tlec:'. and would go lo 



sleep anywhere; this babii being indeed one 
of her aunt's chief grounds of complaint. For 
before hay-time, for instance, when the grass was 
long in the fields, if she come npon any place 
that took her fancy, she wotJd tumble down at 
once, and show that she loved it by gcdng (o 
sleep upon it. Thea it was no easy task to find 
her amidst Ibe long grass that closed over her, 
as over a bird in its nest. But the fact was, 
this habit indicated a feebloneEs of conBtitution, 
to which sleep itself was the best reslomtirc. 
And ia ihe harvest-held ai least, no barm coutd 
come of it ; for Dooio, as she always called bim, 
watched her like a inotber; so that sometimes 
when sbo awoke, slio wonld find a second siook 
of ten slieavcs, with a high-uplified crowning 
pair above, built at right angles to the first, to 
shelter her from the son which had peered round 
the corner, and wotdd soon have stared her 

Tbo only discomfort of the barvcst-fleld wns, 
ibat the bharp stubble forced her lo WEur shoes. 
But when the com had all been carried home, 
and Ibe potatoes had been dug up and heaped in 
warm pin against the winter, and the morningi 
and evenings grow cold, nad, tlioagh still friend- 
ly loslrong men and women, were rather loo keen 
for delicate little Annie — she had to put on both 
shocsnndaockingi, which >be did not like nt all. 
' wiih "gentle gliding," through a whole 
IT of ice nnd snow, through a whole spring 
of promises tardily fulfilled, through a mmmet 
of glory, and another autumn of horvcsl juj, ihc 
doy drew on when they must leave ibn ftirm. 
And still to Annie it seemed oa far off as ever. 



CHAPTER VI. 

Ohb loTely evening in October, when the shad- 
ows wore falling from the weatcm sun, and the li|;bt 
that made them was asyellowasa marigold, nnd 
a keen little wintl wasjust gelling reoily to come 
out and tilnw, the moment the sun would be out 
of sight. Annie, who was helping to fasten uplho 
cows fur she night, drawing iron chains lonnd 
their so^ oeckH, saw a long shadow coming in at 
the narrow entrance of tbo yard. It came in 
and in ; and was so long in coming-in, that she 
n to feel as if it was something not quite 
r, and to fancy herself frightened. Bui, at 
length, she found tbst the cause of the great shad- 
'as only a little man ; and that Ibis little 
was no other than her fatlicr'i cousin, Rub- 
riicc. Alas 1 how litllo a man may cost a 
groat shadow ! 

Ho came up to Annio, and addressed her in 
the sroooibcst voice ho could find, fumbling ol 
e same lime in his coat pocket. 
" Kuo oieyollio nieht, dawtie? ArayovetTa 
;el ? An' boo 's yer auntie F" 
Ho waited for ou reply lo any of these ques- 
Iloni, but went on. 

" Sec what I bne broebt ye froe the chop." 
So snylngi he put into her hand about half a 
lien tmtlin, screwed up in n bit of paper 
With tills gift lie li-'ft her, nnd walked on to IlK 
open door of tbo houoe, which, as n consiit, he 
considered bimoelf privileged to outer anait- 
nonaoj btm ly * hnoA H> tonad ib* aik^ 



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tress of it in the kitchen, superintending the cook- 
ing of the sapper. 

**Hoo are ye the nicht, Marget !** he said, still 
in a tone of conciliatory smoothness, through 
which, however, he could not prevent a certain 
hardness from cropping out plentifully. " Ye 're 
busy as usual, I see. Weel, the hand o* the dil- 
igent maketh rich, ye ken.'* 

♦* That portion o' the Word maun be o* Iccni- 
ited application, I doot," returned Marget, as, 
withdrawing her hand from her cousin's, she 
turned again to the pot hanging over the fire. 
** No man daurs to say that my ban' has not been 
the ban' o' the diligent ; but Guid kens I 'm nane 
the richer." 

** We maunna repine, Marget. Richt or wrang, 
it's the Lord's will." 

" It 's easy to you, Robert Bruce, wi' yer siller 
i' the bank, to sp'cik that gnit til a puir lone body 
like me, that maun slave for my bread whan 
I 'm no sae young ns I micht be. No that I *m 
like to dee o* auld a^e cither." 

*' I baena sae muckle i' the bank as some folk 
may think ; though what there is, is safe eneuch. 
But I bae a bonny business doun yonner, and it 
micht be better yet. It 's jist (he land o' Goshen, 
only it wants a wheen mair tap-dressin'." 

**Tak it frne the bank, than, Robert." 

'*The bank! said vc, Marget? I canna do 
that." 

"And what for no?" 

** 'Cause I 'm jist like the hens, Marget. Gin 
they dinna see ae egg i' the nest, they bae no hert 
to lay anither. I dauma meddle wi' the bank." 

"Weel, lat sit than; an* lay awa' at yer 
leisure'. Hoo 's the mistress ?" 

" No that weel, and no that ill. The faimily 's 
raither sair upo' her. But I canna haud her oot 
o* the chop for a' that. She 's like mysel' — she 
wad aye be turnin' a bawbee. But what arc ye 
gacin to do yerscV, Marget ?" 

" I 'm gaein to my uncle and aunt — auld John 
Peterson and his wife. They 're i;ey and frail 
noo/ and they want somebody to luik efter them." 

"Than ye 're weel provided for; Praise be 
thankit! Marget." 

**0w, ay; nae doot," replied Marget, with 
bitterness, of which Bruce took no notice. 

" And what 's to come o' the baimie ?" pursued 
he. 

" I maun Jist get some dacent auld body i' the 
toon to tak' her in, and lat her gang to the 
schnil. It 's time. The auld fowk wadna pit up 
wi' her a week." 

"And what '11 that cost ye, Marget?" 

"I dinna ken. But the lassie 's able to pay 
for her ain upbringin*." 

"It 's no far 'at a hunner and fifty '11 gang i' 
thae times, woman. An' it 's a pity to tak' frac 
the prencipal. She '11 be merryin' some day." 

" Ow, 'deed, may be. Bairns will be fules." 

" Weel, cud na ye pit it oot at five per cent., 
and there wad aye be something comin*o"t? 
That wad be seven pun ten i' the year, an' the 
baimie micht amaist — no freely but nigh-han' — 
be broncht up upo that." 

Margaret lifted her head and looked at him. 

" An' wha wad gie five per cent, for her bit 
siHer, whan he can get it frae the bank, on guid 
security, for four an' a half?" 

"Jist myscl', Marget The puir orphan has 
nacbody but rou and me to luik till ; an' I wad 



willinly do that muckle for her. 1 11 tell re 
what, — I '11 gie her five jkt cent, for her siller ; 
and for the bit interest, I '11 tak' her in wi' my 
ain bairns, an* she s' bae bit and sup wi' them, an' 
gang to the schnil wi' them, and syne — ef^er a 
bit — we '11 see what comes ncist." 

To Margaret this seemed a very fair offer. It 
was known to all that the Bruce children were 
well enough dressed for their station, and looked 
well-fed ; and although Robert had the charac- 
ter of being somewhat mean, she did not regard 
that as the worst possible fault, or one likely to 
operate for the injury of the child. So she told 
her cousin that she would think about it ; which 
was quite as much as he could have expected. 
He took his leave all but satisfied that he had 
carried his point, and not a little uplifted with 
his prospects. 

For was it not a point worth carrying — to get 
both the monev and the owner of it into his own 
hands? Not tdathc meant conscious dishonesty 
to Annie. He only rejoiced to think that he 
would thus satisfy any expectations that the 
public might have formed of him, and would en- 
joy besides a splendid increase of capital for his 
business ; while he hoped to keep the girl upon 
less than the interest would come to. And then, 
if any thing should hnpiKjn to her — seeing she 
wns not over-vigorous — the result was worth 
waiting for; whereas — if she throve — he had 
sons growing up, one of whom might take a 
fancy to the heiress, and would have facilities 
for marrying her, etc., etc. ; fDr Grocer Robert 
was as deep in his foresight and scheming as 
King Robert, the crowning triumph of whose in- 
tellect, in the eyes of his descendant, was the 
strewing of the cahrops on the field of Bannock- 
bum. 

But James Dow was iU-pkased when he heard 
of the arrangement — which was completed in 
due time. "For," said he, "I canna bide that 
Brace. He 's a naisty mean cratur. He wadna 
fling a bane till a dog, afore he had ta'en a pyke 
at it bimsel'." He agreed, however, with his 
mistress, that it would be better to keep Annie 
in ignorance of her destiny as long as possible ; 
a consideration which sprung from the fact 
that her aunt, now that she was on the eve of 
parting with her, felt a little delicate growth of 
tendemess sprouting over the old stone wall of 
her affection for the child, owing its birth, in 
part, to the doubt whether she would be com- 
fortable in her new home. 



CHAPTER VII. 

A DAT that is fifty years off comes as certainly 
as if it had been in the next week; and Annie's 
feeling of infinite duration did not stop the sand- 
glass of Old Time. ITie day arrived when 
every thing was to be sold by public rovp, A 
great company of friends, neighbors, and ac- 
quaintances gathered ; and much drinking of 
whisky-punch went on in the kitchen as well ns 
in the room where, a few months before, the 
solemn funeral assembly had met. 

Little Annie speedily understood what all the 
bnstlc meant : that the day of desolation so long 
foretold by the Cassandra-croak of her aunt had 
at length actnally arrived, and that all the things 



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mUhiog from bcr sight 



•be kneir to trcll 
fotcTcr. 

She wai in tlio bam when iho w)tin<I of ihe 
■udioneer'* voice in the corn-jard tnaila licrlook 
over the lialf-doorflDdli Stan. Graduslly ihe trntb 
dawned npun her ; and ihe buret inia lean over 
■noldrakcwhichahsbRilbcenacctittomcd tocotl 
bcra, bccaasc the had alirayi dragged it at haj- 
maWing. Then wiping bereyeshnsilly — for, part- 
ly from her annl's hardne», >he never eould bear 
(o bs wen crying, even when a child — ahe fled (o 
Brownie's Biall.andburvinebenelfinthc manger, 
began weeping afresh. Ariernwhilc, (herauatain 
{if tears vraa for the time exhausted, and she lat 
disconiolatel J eming at theold cow foedini: away, 
M if food were every thing and h rowi nothing at 
ftU, when footsteps approached ihe byre, and, to 
her distnuj. iwo tnen, whom she did not tnow, 
came in, untied Brownie, and actually led her 
Awny from before hereye*. She Mill stared al the 
amply opueo where Brownie had atood, — stared 
like n creature stranded liynigliton thclowcooit 
of Death, before whose eves in the morning the 
(ca of Life is visibly ebbUg awny. At last Hhc 
Marled op. How could she «ll there wilhonl 
Brownie I Sobbing so thai iho could not breathe, 
■he rushed acrou the yard, into the crowded and 
dcaccnited house, end up the stair to her own 
liltlo room, whore she threw herself on the bed, 
burled her eyes in the pillon, and, overcome with 
grief, fell fiist asleep. 

When she woke in the morning, she remem- 
bered nothing of Betty's undressing and pallinfc 
her to bed. The drendful dav that was gone 
■eemedonlya dreadful dream, tliat had left apain 
behind it. BDtwhen»hcwentoai,thofound that 

EsTorday wontd not stay amongst bcr drcanli. 
rownie'i tlalhvaa empty. The horses wore all 
IPine.andmanyoflhecatlle. Those ihat rcmain- 
edtookoJIikecrealuresforgollan. TbcpigswerD 
done, and most of ihe poultry. Two or three 
favorite hens were left, which Anntio was going 
to lake with her. But of all the living creatures 
she had loved, not one bad been kepi for Annie. 
Her lifo grow bitier with the biiiemcia of death. 
In the ofbirtioon, her aont cnmo up to licr 
room, where she sat in learfnl silence, and telling 
her ihat she was going (o lake her into iho town, 

K acceded, without furllier ex plan iljon. to put alt 
r little personal cITeets IdIo an old hair tnink, 
.... ._. . ujiji, called her own. Along wiih some 
It lay about the room, she threw Into the 
bottom of Ihe box about a dozen of old books, 
whiclihadbeenun Ihe chest of dnwerasincelong 
befuro Annie could remember. She, poor child, 
let her do as she plenied, and nsked no question', 
fortbe shadow in which she stood was darkening, 
and she did not care what came next. For an 
hont the box stood on Ihe Soor like a coffin, and 
then Betty came, with red eyes and n red nose, 
and carried it down stairs. Then Auntie came up 
■gain, drcued in her Sunday clothes. She put on 
Annie's best froek and bonnet — adorning the 
Ticllm fur sicriflce — at leant, so Annie's face 
would have sagmatcd — and led her down to the 
door. There stood ■ hone and can. lu tlieearl 
was some straw, and a soekiiunwd with bar. As 
Aunlie WOK gelling inlo the cart, Betiy milled oul 
from somewhere upon Annie, r.anght her up, 
fciwed her In a rehement and disorderly manner. 
itnd befora her mistress could Inm round in the 
, oirt, svo bar into James Don's armi^ and nn- 




ishcd with strange sounds of choking. Dowin 
thought 10 pnl her in wilh a kiss, for lie dared not 
speak ; bot Annie*B arms wenl round his neck, 
and she clung lo him sobbing — elung till she 
rouaediheindignitiDnofAuatie, at iheflnl sound 
of whose voice Uowic was free, and Annie lying 
in the cart, with her face buried in the straw. 
Dowie then mounted in from, wiih his feel on 
the shaft ; Ihe horse — one Annie did not kiiuw — 
started oil' gently ; and she was borne away help- 
less to meet the unknown. 

And the road was like Ihe coiog. She had 
ofien been upoa it before, but it bad never looked 
as it did now. The first half mile went ihrongh 
fields whose eropg were gone. The smbblc iva* 
sticking Ihrongh the grass, and the polalo slalks, 
which ought to have been gaihorcdandbumi, lay 
scattered about all over ihe brown earlh. Then 
came two mites of moorland eouniry, high.nnd 
bleak, and barren, with hillocks of peal in all di- 
rections, standing bcaido the black holes whence 
thcv had becndng. These holes were fnl I of dark 
water, frigliifnl to look at ; while along Ihe sidoi 
of the road wenl deep black ditchea, half ftill of 
the same dark water. Tliere was no danger of lliu 
cart getting inlo them, for the ruts were loo deep 
to let Ihe wheels out ; but it jolled so dreadfully 
from side lo side, as it crawled, along, ihnt Annie 
was afraid every other moment of bcingiillcd into 
one of the frightful pools. Across the waste 
floated now and then ilie eiy of a bird, but other 
Bonnd there was none in this land of dreariliead. 
Next camo some scatrcred and ragged fields, the 
skins of culiivaiion, which seemed lo draw closer 
end closer together. While the soil grew richer 
and more hopeful, till, afrer two inilca more, they 
entered Ihe firet slrnggliug precincts of tbc gray 
market-town. 

By this time theHnrawercthininticlenrinlho 
cold, frosty sky, and candka or Irnin-oit lamps 
were burning in most oflhu houses , for all ih^ 
Ihings look place long before gag had been heard 
of iu those quarters. A few faces were pressed 
close 10 ihe window-panes as the cart passed ; 
and some rather untidy women came to the 
house doors lo look. And they nxike one lo an- 
other words which, though inaudible through the 
noise of the cart, wore yet intelligible enough to 
Annie, wilh her own forebodingt lo interpret the 
cxpreuion of ihdr faces. 

"That'll belittle Annie* Anderwn,"ihey said. 
" Sho 's gaein hame lo hide wi' Iter eouHln, llob- 
en Bruee, up i' Ihe Wast Wynd. Pair woo 



But she was too miserable already, bceauieof 
leaving her old home, lo cnra much to what now I 
one sho was going. Hail it nut been tor tbe nb- ' 
soiptien of this grief, she coidil not have been in- 
dilftreni to the proipeet of ginrui to live with her 
cousin, alihoitgh her dislike to him hod never as- 
sumed a more nctiro form than that of wishing 
(o get away from him, oi uflen ai 

'Die cart stopped at Bnice't shop door. It 
looked a lieiivy door, alihough the upper half 
was of ginta— in small pane*. Uowio got down 
and wenl into the shop ; and befbro ho relumed 
Annie had time to noko seme lldlcs* observa- 
tions. The boose wa* a low one, alihongb of Two 
sioiio. bnlli of grar stone, and thatched. The f 



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heavy door was between two windows belong- 
ing to the shop, in each of which burned a sin- 
gle tallow candle, revealing to the gaze of An- 
nie, in all the enhancing mystery of candlelight, 
what she coald not but regard as a perfect mine 
of treasures. For besides calico and sugar, and 
all the multifarious stock in the combined trades 
of draper and grocer, Robert Bruce sold penny 
toys, and halfpenny picture books, and all kinds 
of confectionery which had been as yet revealed 
to the belated generations of Glamerton. 

But she had not to contemplate tliese wonders 
long from the outside ; for Bruce came to the 
door, and, having greeted his cousin and helped 
her down, turned to take Annie. Dowie bad 
been before him, however, and now held the 
pale child silent in his arms. He carried her 
into the shop, and set her down on a sack that 
stood outside the counter, leaning against it. 
He then went back to his horse*s head. 

The sack made no bad seat, for it was half 
full of turnip-seed ; and upon it Annie sat, and 
drearily surveyed the circumstances. 

Auntie was standing in' the middle of the shop. 
Bruce was holding the counter open, and invit- 
ing her to enter. 

*' Ye '11 come in and tak* a cup o* tay, cfter yer 
journey, Margct ?" said he. 

** Na, I thank ye, Robert Bruce. Jeames and 
I maim jist turn and gae hame ognin. There *s 
a hantle to look cfter yet, and we maunna neg- 
Icc* oor wark. The hoose-gear *s a* to be roupit 
the mom." 

Then turning to Annie, she said : 

** Noo, Annie, lass, ye '11 bo a guid bairn, and 
do aa ye Ve tell't. An* min* and no pyke the 
things i' the chop.** 

A smile of peculiar import glimmered over 
Bruce's face at the sound of this injunction. 
Annie made no reply, but stared at Mr. Bruce, 
and sot staring. 

'* Good-bye to ye, Annie !'* said- her aunt, and 
roused her a little from her stupor. 

She then gave her a kiss — the first, as far as 
the child knew, that she had ever given her — and 
went out. Bruce followed her out, and Dowie 
came in. He took her up in his arms, and said : 

"Good-bye to ye, my bonnie bairn. Be a 
gnid lass, and ye *11 be ta*en care o*. Dinna for- 
get that. Min' and say yer prayers." 

Annie kissed him with all her heart, but could 
not reply. He set her down again, and went 
out. She heard the harness rattle, and the cart 
go ofT. She was left sitting on the sack. 

Presently Mr. Bruce came in, and passing be- 
hind his counter proceeded to make an entry in 
a book. It could have been no order from poor, 
homeless Margaret. It was, in fact, a memo- 
randum of the day and the hour when Annie 
was set down on that same sack — so methodical 
was he ! And yet it was some time before he 
seemed to awake to the remembrance of the 
presence of the child. Looking up suddenly at 
the pale, weary thing, as she sat with her legs 
hanging lifelessly down the side of the sack, he 
said — pretending to have forgotten her — 

" Qw, bairn, are ye there yet?" 

And going round to her, he set her on the 
floor, and leading her by the hand through the 
mysterious gate of the counter, and through a 
door behind it, called in a sharp decided tone : 

** Mr then ye 're wanted!" 



Thereupon, a tall, thin, anxioos lookiag 
an appeared, wiping her hands in her apron. 

**This is litUe Miss Anderson," said Bmce, 
''come to bide wi 's. Gie her a biscuit, and tak' 
her up the stair till her bed." 

As it was the first, so it was the last time he 
called her Miss Anderson, at least while she was 
one of his household. Mrs. Bruce took Annie 
by the hand in silence, and led her op two nar- 
row stairs, into a small room with a sky-light. 
There, by the shine of the far-off sun, she un- 
dressed her. But she forgot the biscuit ; and, for 
the first time in her life, Annie went supperlees 
to bed. 

She lay for a while trying to fancy herself in 
Brownie's stall among tlie grass and clover, and 
so get rid of the vague fear she felt at being in 
a strange place without light, for she fonnd it 
unpleasant not to know what was next her in 
the dark. But the fate of Brownie and of every 
thing she had loved came back upon her ; and 
the sorrow drove away the fear, and she cried 
till she could cry no longer, and then she slept. 
It is by means of sorrow, sometimes, that He 
gives his beloved sleep. 



CHAPTER VIII. 

She woke early, rose, and dressed herself. 
But there was no water fur her to wash with, 
and she crept down stairs to look fur help in 
this her fii-st need. Nobody, however, was 
awake. She looked long and' wistfully at the 
house door, but seeing that she could not open it, 
she went back to her room. If she had been at 
home, she would soon have had a joyous good- 
morrow from the burst of fresh wind meeting 
her as she lifted the ready latch, to seek the 
companionship of yet earlier risers than herself; 
but now she was as lonely as if she had antici- 
pated the hour of the resurrection, and was the 
little only one up of the buried millions. All 
that she had left of that home was her box, and 
she would have betaken herself to a desolate 
brooding over its contents ; but it had not been 
brought up, and neither could she carry it up 
herself, nor would she open it in the kitchen 
where it stood. So she sat down on the side of 
her bed, and gazed round the room. It was a 
cheerless room. At home she had had checker- 
ed curtains to her bed: here there were none 
of any kind ; and her eyes rested on nothing but 
bare rafters and boards. And there were boles 
in the roof and round the floor, which she did 
not like. They were not large, but they were 
dreadful. For they were black, nor did she know 
where they might go to. And she grew very 
cold. 

At length she heard some noise in the hoose, 
and in her present mood any human noise was 
a sound of deliverance. It grew ; was presently 
enriched by the admixture of baby-screams, and 
the sound of the shop-shutters being taken 
down; and at lost footsteps approached her 
door. Mrs. Bruce entered, and finding her sit- 
ting dressed on her bed, exclaimed : 

** Ow I ye can dress ycrsel' I can ye ?" 

"Ay, weel thot," answered Annie, as cheerily 
as she could. " But," she added, " I want some 
water to wash mysel' wi'." 



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"Came duoa to Ibc pump, Ibaa," (uid Mra, 

Annio roUawod her to ilie pump, whare aha 
wfuhcd in a tub. She iben raa urippinK into 
the bouse fur a loivel, and was dried by Ibo 
luiniLi of Mra. Brac« in ber diriy apron. This 
mode of wuhiag luted lill ihe firat hoar-rrost, 
BfLcr which there wh a baaiii lo bo bad in Ibe 
Utclion, with plenif cf water and noi mncb 

Bj thii lime breakfast was ncnrlr readv, and 
in u few minucea more Mra. Jlruca called Mr. 
Brnco rrom tho abop, and tbo children from ibc 

iard, and thev all sal round [be ublo in the 
iichen — Mr. Bruce to bia tea and oal cake and 
bntler — Mrs. Bruce and the children to badly- 
made oatmeal porridge and skj-bluo milli 
This qnolitr of Iba milk wai remarlEabIc, seeing 
tber bad c'oivi of their own. But then ihey 
aold milk. And if any customer bad accused 
her of wnlerini; it, Mrs. Bmcc's beat answer 
would liavo haca to slinw how much hotter what 
■ba sold wus than what ihs retained; for slie 

Cut twioe M mneh nni«T in what she used for 
cr awn fumilr — with the exception oftbe pot- 
lion ddlincd for her huaband's tea, whose two 
Bracea were long and ilrong eaough for a hMior 
breakout. But then bia own was good cnuQRh 

Tbcrc were three children, two hojs with 
RTcai jaws— the elder rather older than Annie — 
■nd a Tery little baby. After Mr. Bnice had 
|>rayed for the blesaing oftbe Holy Spirit upon 
their food, they Kobbled down their breakfasts 
with all noises except articulate ones. When 
they hnd tinished — that is, eaten every thing np 
— )kc Bible was brought; a psaloi was sung, 
after a fashion not very extraordinary to the cars 
of Annie, or, indeed, of aay one brought up in 
KcoiUnd : a chapter was read — it happened to 
tell the story of ■lacob's spMulotiona in the mon- 
•y-market of bia da^ and gencralion ; ami llie 
txtrat concluded with a prayer of a qunrter of 
an hour, in which the God of Jacob especially 
wns invoked to bless the Bruees, His servanls^ 
In their basket and in their store, and to prusgicr 
tlic labors of that day in particnlor. 'Die prayer 
would have been longer, but for the eliik of the 
talull nf the shop door, which brought it l« a 
•peodier cluso than one might hare siipptMod 
ercn Mr. Biuce's notions of dcecney wonld haro 
IMrmincd. And almost before the Ainai was 
oat of hia miiuih, lie was out of the kitchen, 

When ho bad aerred the early cnstDiner, he 
returned, ami aiiting down, drew Annio toward 
liim— boiwocn bis knees, in fact, and addressed 
her with great solrmnilT. 

"Noo, Anitie," said ho, "ye iT get the day lo 
play yenel' ; but yu maun gang (o ihe ichall 
tbo mum. We cBDbac noidlefowk i'thishoose, 
Hie wa nrnuti hae nao words aboot it." 

Annie was not ono to make words about that 
or any thing. She was only too glad la get 
away from him. Indeed the prospect of ichool, 
•fiur whit (he had seen of Ihe economy of her 
borne, was nuhcr enticing. So she only an- 

■• Verra weel, sir. Will I gann the dar t" 
WhcreojKtn, finding her »o tractnblo, Mr. 
Brui-e, added, in iho tone of one conferring a 
great fntor, and knowing that ho ili<l so, 

"Ye ean come into the chop for ihs day, and 
' MA what 'a gwla od. Whu ja 1* » bhwIOb 



wuman, ye may be Gt to atan'ahin' the coonter 
tome day yeracl' — wha kens ?" 

Itobcrt Bruce regarded the shop as his Bai:- 
Dockbum, where lUI hia ensmies, namely ciutoin- 
ers, were to be defeated, that he might he en- 
riched with llieir spoils. It was, tbercfore, a 
place of BO great interest in hia eyes, thai be 
thought il miiiit be interesting lo every body elic 
And, indeed, the permiaiion did awake some 111- 
gniunded expeetations iu the mind of Annie. 

She followed him into the ahop, and taw quite 
a faliulous wealth of good ihinga around her , of 
which, however, lest she should put forth her 
band and take, the militant eyes of Koberl Bruce 
never twosctl watching her, with quiek-rccurring 
glances, even while he was ca)uliiig aome cus- 
tomer into a doubtful purchase. 

Long bcforR dinner- time arrived, she wai 
heartily sick of the monotony of buying and sell- 
ing in which she hail no sliai'e. Nol ereii a 
pielure'book vtia taken down from the wlmluw 
for licr to loiih at; so that she auon ccosui! to 
admire even the piclurc-buoks — n nalnnil result 
of the conviction thiit they belonged to a sphere 
above her rcnch. &lr. Bnice, on the other h-nd, 
looked upon them as far below the notice of liis 
children, atthouirb he derived a keen enjoymetit 
from the transference, by their allurements, of 
the holf-penee of other children from llicirpock- 
eU inio his till. 

' ' Naiaty troah o' Ices, " he remarked, appar- 
ently fur Annie's behoof, as he hang the fresh 
bait iipinbii window, after two little ttrchina^ with 
bawbtu to lipend, had bought a coRpla of lbs ra- 
diant results of litcraluro and art combined. 
" Naisty trash o' ]o(3 — only lit for dirrty laddiea 
and lassies." 

Uc stood on the natch in his shop like a m^ax 
spider that ate children ; and his windoivs wi-ra 

They dined off salt herrings and ptrtatocs— 
much belter fare than bod porridm and watered 
milk. Itobcrt Bruee the youncer, who inherited 
his father's name and disposition, mode facts at 
Annie across the table as often a* he judced it 
pradent to ran Ihe risk of discovery ; hut Annie 
was loo stupefied with Ihe awfnl change to mind 
it mneh, and indeed required all ibc aliention 
she hnd at command, for the arrest of herring 
bones on their way to her throat 

AElcr dinner, business was lesnmed in i 
shop, with at least the reaemblnnce of an iucreoso 
of rigor, fi>r Mi«. Bruce went behind the conii- 
icr, end Eflve her husband lime to sit down 
ilic desk lo write Icitora and make out bills. Not 
that there was much of either sort of cWkabip 
noccasary; bnt Bmce, like Chaucer's Man of 
Law, was so fund of business, that ha liked lo 
seem busier than he was. As it happened lo bo 
a hair-holiday, Annie was sent wllli tho real of 
tliochitdrca into the garden to play up and down 
the walks. 

"An' min'/said Bruce, "an" baud o 
true Iho dog." 

In the gorilon Annio soon tonnd hcnclfat tliu 
mercy of those who had none. 

It is marvelous what an amonnl of blent lor- 
meot there is in beys, reedy to come oat the mo- 
ment nn objcet presents itself. It is not eanel- 
1v cruelty. The child itinl tear* Ihe lly to piece* 
does not reprMonl to himaelf the ■ufferings 
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impulse to disintef^atc. So children, eren or- 
dinarily good children, are ready to tease any 
child who simply looks teaseable, and so provokes 
the act Now the Braces were not good chil- 
dren, as was natnral ; and they despised Annie 
because she was a girl, and because she had no 
self-assertion. If she had shown herself aggress- 
ively disagreeable, they would have made some 
attempt to conciliate her ; but as it was, she be- 
came at once the object of a succession of spite- 
ful annoyances, varying in intensity with the 
fluctuating invention of the two boys. At one 
time they satisfied themselves with making grim- 
aces of as insulting a character as they could pro- 
duce ; at another they rose to the rubbing of her 
face with dirt, or the tripping up of her heels. 
Their persecution bewildered her, and the result- 
ing stupefaction was a kind of support to her for a 
time ; but at last she could endure it no longer, 
being really hurt by a fall, and ran crying into 
the shop, where she sobbed out, 

" Please, sir, tlicy winna lat me be." 

** Dinna come into the chop wi* yer stories. 
Mak' it up amo' yersels.*' 

'*But they winna mak* it up." 

Hobert Bruce rose indignant at such an inter- 
ruption of his high calling, and went out with the 
assumption of much parental grandeur. He was 
instantly greeted with a torrent of assurances 
that Annie had fallen, and then laid the blame 
upon them ; whereupon he turned sternly to her, 
and said — 

** Annie, gin ye tell lees, ye *11 go to hell." 

But paternal partiality did not prevent him 
from reading them also a lesson, though of a 
quite diiferent tone. 

'* Mind, boys," ho said, in a condescending 
whine, ** that poor Annie has neither father nor 
mither; an* ye maun be kind till her.*' 

He then turned and left them for the more 
important concerns within doors ; and the per- 
secution recommenced, though in a somewhat 
mitigated form. The little wretches were per- 
fectly unable to abstain from indulging in a 
pleasure of such intensity. Annie had indeed 
fallen upon evil days. 

I am thus minute in my description of her first 
day, that my reader, understanding something 
similar of many following days, may be able to 
give due weight to the influence of other events, 
when, in due time, they come to be recorded. 
But I. must not conclude the account without 
mentioning something which befell her at the 
close of the same day, and threatened to be pro- 
ductive of yet more sufi*ering. 

After worship^ the boys crawled away to bed, 
half asleep already ; or, I should rather say, onlv 
half awake from their prayers. Annie lingered. 

'* Can ye no tak* aff yer ain claes, as wecl as 
pit them on, Annie ?" asked Mrs. Bruce. 

*' Ay, weel eneuch. Only I wad sair like a 
bittie o* can*le," was Annie's trembling reply, for 
she had a sad foreboding instinct now. 

** Can*le! Na, na, bairn," answered Mrs. Bruce. 
'* Ye s' get no can'le here. Ye wad hao the 
hoose in a low ( flame) aboot oor lugs (eara), I 
canna affoord can'lcs. Ye can jist mak' a can'lo 
o' yer ban's, and fin (/eei) yer gait up the twa 
stairs. There 's thirteen steps to the first, and 
twal to the neist." 

With choking heart, but without reply, Annie 
went. 



Groping her way up the stec]) ascent, she Ibsnd 
her room without any difficulty. Aa il was 
again a clear, starlight night, there was light 
enough for her to find every thing she wantai ; 
and the trouble at her heart kept her imagina- 
tion from being as active as it would otherwise 
have been, in recalling the terrible stories of 
ghosts and dead people with which she was far 
too familiar. She soon got into bed, and, as a 
precautionary measure, buried her head under 
the clothes before she began to say her prayers, 
which, under the circumstances, she had thongfat 
she might be excused for leaving till she had 
lain down. But her prayers were suddenly in- 
terrupted by a terrible noise of scrambling and 
scratching and scampering in the very room be- 
side her. 

** I tried to cry oet," she said afterward, *• for 
I kent 'at it was rottans ; but my tongae booed 
i* my mou' for fear, and I cudna speak ao word.* 

The child's fear of rats amounted to a frenzied 
horror. She dared not move a finger. To get 
out of bed with those creatures running aboot 
the room was as impossible as it was to cry om. 
But her heart did what her tongue conld not 
do — cried out with a great and bitter cry to one 
who was more ready to hear than Robert and 
Nancy Bruce. And what her heart cried was 
this: 

" O God, tak' care o' me frae the rottans." 

There was no need to send an angel from 
heaven in answer to this little one's prayer : the 
cat would do Annie heard a scratch and a mew 
at the door. The rnts made one frantic scram- 
ble, and were still. 

" It 's pussy !" she criotl, recovering the roice 
for joy that had failed her for fear. 

Fortified by her arrival, and still more by the 
feeling that she was a divine messenger sent to 
succor her U'caiise she hnd prayed, she sprung 
out of bed, diirtcd across tlie room, and opened 
the door to let her in. A few moments and she 
was fast asleep, guarded by God's angel, the cat, 
for whose entrance she took good care ever after 
to leave the door njar. 

There are ways of kcc))ing the door of the 
mind also, ready as it is to fall to, ajar for the 
cat. 



CHAPTER IX. 

"Noo, Annie, pit on yer bonnet, nn' gang 
to the schuil wi' the lave (rest); an' be a good 
girrl." 

This was the Bruce's {mrting address to Annie, 
before he left the kitchen for the shop, after break- 
fast and worship had been duly observed ; and 
having just risen from his knees, his voice, as he 
stooped over the child, retained all the sanctity 
of its loMt occupation. It was a quarter to ten 
o'clock, and the school was some five minutes dis- 
tant. 

With a fiatter of fearful hope, Annie obeyed. 
She ran np stairs, made herself as tidy as she 
could, smoothed her hair, put on her bonnet, 
and had been waiting a long time at the door 
when her companions joined her. It was very 
exciting to Iook forward to something that might 
not be disagreeable. 

As they went, the boys got one on each side of 
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gono halF the dialanoe and not a word had been 

)kcn, when Robert Brace, junior, opCDOd ibc 

nTonuktiou ubruplly. 

"Yo'lt get it!" he anid, as if ho had been 
' broodiag iipon llio (act for Mxne lime, and now 
'i had broken out. 

"What 'II I get?" fuked Annio limidl}-, for 
hii tone had alrcadj filled her ivith aiiprehen- 

"Sie lickini." aQ»wer«d the litilc wretch, 
drnwiDS hack h'a lipa till hii canine loeth were 
fullr diteloied, ai if he gloated in & camivorouB 
■nrt of wajr oTor the prospect. " Wonna ahc, 
Juhnnio?" 

" Af wnll ihe," nnawercd Johnnie, raUoHiiig 
his leader with conlldoncc. 

Annis'i hEort lonk within hor. The poor lit- 
tle heart was lued to unking now. But she >nid 
noihinK, nuulvod, if puuible, to avoid all occa- 
■iun fitr "getting ii. 

Not another irord was spoken before ihoji 
leaclicd thoachool, the door of which waanotTot 
open. A good Dutny bojs and a fen- jtirls were 
uacinbled, waiciiig for the miuur, and filling the 
lane, at the end cf which the achool *ioad, with 
the wund of voices flucioating through a very 
comprehensive scale. In general tiie achool door 
was oncaed a few minntca bofore the masler's 
■rriTHi, but on this occasion no one liappcnird to 
IiKve gone to hia houae to fetch tho key, nnd iho 
tcliolan had thorcfure lo wait in the street. None 
of ihora look any notice ofAnniu ; ao she was left 
toitndythe outiiileorthocchiiul. It was along, 
low, thiiIchFd building, of one Uorr and a gnrrct, 
with lire irindawi to the lane, nnd lome behind, 
fi)r the could toe light through. It had been n 
weaviiig-ihop origiaally, full of hand-tooms, 
when the trade in linen who more prospeniiu than 
it WHS now. From th« thaieh •>iiiio uf the night'* 
frost wu already dripping in •!'•■ clear dropa. 
Past the door, which was in a Una with the win- 
dows, wont a gutter, the waters of which sunk 
tliroui-h a amrtU grating a few steps farther on. 
But there was no water running in it now. 

Suddenly a boy cried out: "The inaistcr's 
coroln'!" and instantly the noise sunk to a low 
murmur. Looking up the lane, which rose con- 
aiderabiy toward the other end, Annie saw the 
figure of the descending dominie. Hu was 
drvstiej in what aoemod to be black, bnt waa iu 
ronliii' jtmy, almost aa good as black, and much 
tnoro Ihririy. IIo came down the hill awinging 
liis arms, like opposing pendulums, in a manner 
that made the rapid paco at which ho approach- 
ed tike a long alow troL With the door-key in 
111* hand, alreadr poinipd toward the kej-holc, 
he wont right throngh the little crowd, which 
cleared a wide path for hio, without word or 
gnituro of groeiiuK on dther aide, I might al* 
iDiiFit wy he swooped upon the door, for with one 
baud on the key, and the other on the latch, 
ho seominl to wrench it open the moment he 
touched it. In be strode, followed at the b«et» 



berles* lamb that fullowed the 
1 flucit, bocauaa *)ie did not know what else lo do. 
} She found ahe hod to go down ■ itop into a sunk 
I pawagB or lobby, and than op another atep, 
through ■ clonr en the loft. Into the sohiioi. There 
I (h« aaw a donblo mw of de«h^ with a olenr 
I lfM» down tbainltliUa between ilWTowa. Eaeh 



acliolar wiu Imrrying -o his place at one of 
itio desks, where, its he arrived, ho stood. The 
moitlcr already stood in solemn posture at the 
ncni'cr end of iho room on a plutfurm behind 
hU desk, pivpnred to commence ilie cxiciu* 
pore prnyer, which was printed in a kind of blot- 
ted aiereotj'pe upon every one of their braino. 
Annie had hardly succeeded in reachini: 
place among the girls when he begau. The boys 
wore B9 alill aa death while the master prayed ; 
but a. spectator might cosily have discavctetl thai 
the chief good aomo of them gut from the cere- 
mony was a perfect commnnd of the organs of 
sourid ; for the restraint was limited lo those or- 
gans; and projected tongues, deprived of tlwir 
natural excrciae, turned themselves, along with 
inking cyca, contorted fcaiurcs, and a wild use 
oC hands nnd arms, into the means of lelegmph- 

deapatcbcs lo all patta of the room, through- 
it the ceremony. Tho mnslor, afraid of being 
himacif detected in the attempt to combine pniy- 

and vision, kept his "eyelids screwed to(;cth> 

tiKht," nnii played the spy with his enre alone. 
Tlie boya and giru, understanding the source of 
their security perfectly, believed that the oyulida. 
of the master wouhl keep faith with them, and m 
disponed IhcmselTos without fear in the dcli^hta 
of dumb show. 

a soon OS the prayer was nrer, they dropped, 

I no liitlo noise iitid bustle, Inio their Mats, 

prcacnily Annio was rudely pushed out of 

BCQt by a hoydcnish girl, who, arriving laie, 

had stood onOido Iho ditor till the prayer wna 

mr, and then entered unperccWed daring the 

iubsM[nont confusion. 8ome Utile onts on Iho 

jpposite form, however, liking tho look of her, 

tnd ao wishing to have her for a companion, 

made room for her beside them. The desks 

double, ao that the two rows at each desk 

faced each other. 

Bible clasa come np," were the Cnl words 
of the moaicr, ringing through the room, and re- 
sounding awfully in Annie's cars. 

A moment of chaos followed, during which 
all the boys and girls, coniudercd capable of rond- 
he Bible, were arranging themselves in one 
great crescent acnMt the room in front uf the 
master'* desk. Each read a verso—neither more 
Ims — ofisn leaving the hnlf of a senlence to 
be taken up as a new subject in a new key ; thus 
perverting what »a* intended as an assistance la 
find the imth into a means of hiding it — a pro- 
cess cuiistanily repeated, and with far more scr' 
oua rcaults, when the words of truth fall, m 
into tlic hanila of Iho Incapable, but under th 
protection of the ambiiioua. 

The chapter that came in ila turn waa ona I 
bo pondetwl over by the earnest student uf hu- 
man nature, not one to bo blnndcnid over by boyi 
who had still less reverence for hunianiiy than 
ihcy had for scriplnro. It was a good thing that 
they were not the sacred fuuutains uf the Now 
Testament that were thus dabbled in — i 
ever, that the latter were considarad at all inoia 
preeioua or worthy : aa Saturday and the Short- 
er Cateehism would show. 

Not knowing the will of the master, Annia 
bad not dandio stand up with the elasa, although 
she eould raod very fairly. A few momenta aft- 
er it waa dismissed she felt henielf oroisliadowwl 
by an awful pr-Tnty. and. biokine up, so*, na 
sDo had exineicd, the fac« of tlie inaaict bend- 



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ing down orer her. He proceeded to question 
her, bat for some time she wai too frightened to 
give A rational Account of her acqairements, the 
best of which were certainly not of a kind to bo 
appreciated by the roaster, even if she had un- 
derstood them herself sufficiently to set them out 
before him. For, besides her aunt, who had 
taught her to read, and nothing more, her only 
instructors had been Nature, with her whole staff, 
including the sun, moon, and wind ; the grasp, 
the com. Brownie the cow, and her own faithful 
subject, Dowie. Still, it was a great mortifica- 
tion to her to be put into the spelling-book, which 
excluded her from the Bible cUss. She was also 
condemned to follow with an uncut quill, over 
and over again, a single straight stroke, set her 
by the master. Dreadfully dreary she found it, 
and over it she fell asleep. Her head dropped 
on her outstretched arm, and the qnili dropped 
from her sleeping fingers-— for when Annie slept 
she all slept. But she was soon roused by the 
voice of the master. ** Ann Anderson !*' it call- 
ed in a burst of thunder to her ear ; and she 
awoke to shame and confusion, amidst the titters 
of those around her. 

Before the morning was over, she was call- 
ed up, along with some children considerably 
younger than herself, to read and spell. The 
roaster stood before them, armed with a long, 
thick strap of horse-hide, prepared by steeping 
in brine, binck and supple with constant use, 
and cut into fingers at one end, which had been 
hardened in the fire. 

Now there was a little pale-faced, delicate 
looking boy in the class, who blundered a good 
deal. Every time he did so, the cruel sei*pent of 
leatlier went at him, coiling round his legs with 
a sudden, hissing swash. This made him cry, 
and his tears blinded liim so that he could not 
even see the words which lie had been unable to 
read before. But lie still attempted to go on, 
and still the instrument of torture went swisli- 
swash round his little thin legs, raising upon 
them, no doubt, plentiful blue wales, to be re- 
vealed, when he was undressed for the night, to 
the indignant eyes of pitying mother or aunt, 
who would yet send him back to the school the 
next morning without fail. 

At length either the heart of the master was 
touched by the sight of his sufferings and re- 
pressed weeping, or ho saw that he was compel- 
ling the impossible; for he stayed execution, 
and passed on to the next, who was Annie. 

It was no wonder that the trembling child, 
who could read very fairly, should yer, after such 
an introduction to the ways of school, fail utterly 
in making any thing like coherence of the sentence 
before her. What she would have done, had she 
been left to herself, would have been to take the 
little boy in her arms and cry too. As it was, 
slie struggled mightily with her tears, and yet 
she did not read to mncli better purpose than 
the poor boy, who was still busy wiping his eyes 
with his sleeves, alternately, for he never had 
had a handkerchief. But being a new-comer, 
and a girl to boot, and her long frock affording 
no facilities for this kind of incentive to learning, 
she escaped for the time. 

It was a dreadful experience of life, though, 
that first day at school. Well might the children 
have prayed with David — **Let us full now into 
the hand of the Lord, for his mercies are great ; 



and let ns not fall into the hand of man.** And 
well might the children at many another icliool 
respond with a loud Amen ! 

At one o'clock they were dismissed, and went 
home to dinner, to return at three. 

In the afternoon she was set to make fignrea 
on a slate. She made figures till her back ached. 
The monotony of this occupation was relieved 
only by the sight of the execution of criminal 
law upon various offending boys ; for, as must 
be already partially evident, the roaster was a 
hard man, with a severe, if not an altogether 
cruel temper, and a quite savage sense of duty. 
The punishment was mostly in the form of pan- 
dks^ — blows delivered with varying force, but 
generally with the full swing of the tag^ as it 
was commonly called, thrown over the master's 
shoulder, and brought down with the whole 
strength of his powerful right arm upon the out- 
stretched hand of the culprit. But there were 
other modes of punishment, of which the re- 
straints of art would forbid the description, even 
if it were possible for any writer to conquer his 
disgust so far as to attempt it. 

Annie shivered and quaked. Once she burst 
out crying, but managed to choke her sobs, if she 
could not hide her tears. 

A fine-looking boy, three or four years older 
than herself, whose open countenance was set off 
by masses of dark brown hair, was called up to 
receive chastisemenr, merited or unmerited as 
the case might be; for such a disposition as that 
of Murdoch Malison must have been more than 
ordinarily liable to mifitake. Justice, according 
to his idea, consisted in vengeance. And he 
was fond of justice. He did not want to punish 
the innocent, it is true ; but I doubt whether the 
discovery of a boy's innocence was not a disap- 
pointment to him. Without a word of expostu- 
lation or defense, the boy held out his hand, 
with his arm at full length, received four sting- 
ing blows ujwn it, grew very red in the face, 
gave a kind of grotesque smile, and returned to 
his seat with the suffering hand sent into retire- 
ment in his trowsers pocket. Annie's admira- 
tion of his courage as well as of his looks, 
though pcrhops unrecognizable as such by her- 
self, may have had its share with her pity in the 
tears that followed. Somehow or otlicr, at all 
events, she made np her mind to bear more pa- 
tiently the persecutions of the little Brnces, and, 
if ever her turn should come to be punished, as 
no doubt it would, whether she deserved it or 
not, to try to take the whipping as she had seen 
Alec Forbes take it. Poor Annie ! If it should 
come to that — nervous organizations are so dif- 
ferent I 

At five, the school was dismissed for the day, 
not without another extempore prayer. A suc- 
cession of jubilant shouts arose as the bf)ys 
rushed out into the lane. Every day to them 
was a cycle of strife, suffering, and deliverance. 
Birth and death, with the life-struggle between, 
were shadowed out in it — with this difference, 
that the God of a corrupt Calvinism, in the per- 
son of Murdoch Malison, ruled that world, and 
not the God revealed in the man Christ Jesus. 
And most of them having felt the day more or 
less A burden, were now going home to heaven 
for the night. 

Annie, having no home, was amongst the few 
exceptions. Dispirited and hopeless — a terrible 



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condiiion for a child — she woDUered how Alec 
Forbca could be ao merr;. Bai he hod had hii 
CTil thing*, nnd thej were oror ; whilG hers were 
■II about her «^il. She had but one comroct left 
— [hat no one would prevent her from creeping 
np lo her ova dctidaie garret, which was now 
thedrcary Bubitilutafbr Brownie's ital I. Thiibcr 
the pcncculine bo)^ ware not likclj' to follow 
her. And if the ratt were in that garn-t, lO wu 
the cat ; or at least the cat knew the way to it. 
There she might ihinic in pcBc« about some 
thing! about which she had norer before seemed 
to hare occasioa to think. 



CHAPTEH S. 

TmiB at home, if home it could be called, and 
at acheol, Annie'l dava [Hissed — as most dnve 
puna — with family roacmblaiiec and individual 
difference wondrouslv mingled. She boeumo in- 
tereited in what ahe bad (o learn, if not from the 
tnannar in which it was prctented to her com- 
preheniioD, jct fram the fact that sbe had to 
learn it. llappily or unhappily, too, ahe began 
to get Dsed to the sight of the penal suffering of 
her school- fellowx. Nor had any thing of the 
kind as yet lisited her; for it would hare been 
hard for even a more savage master than Mr. 
Malison to And occasion, now that the first dis- 
abling iniluencca had passed away, to punish the 
nerrous, dclicalo, anxious little orphan, who was 
■o diligent, and as quiet as a mouse tliat fears to 
awaka a sleeping cat. She had a scared look 
too. thai might hare moved the heart of Malison 
even, if he had ever paid the least ntlcation to 
the looks of children. For the absence of ha- 
maa compattionship in bestial forms; the loss 
of green lields, free to her as lo the winds of 
heaven, and of country sounds and odors ; and 
an almost constant sense of oppression from the 
propinquity of one or another whom she had 
enuBo to fear, wore speedily working sad effects 
upon her. The little color she bod, died out of 
her cheek. Her face grow thin, and her blue 
eyes looked wistful and large onl of their sunken 
cells. Not often wet« tcnn to bo seen in them 
now, and yet they looked well acquainted with 
tears — like fonotains (hat had been full jester' 
day. She never smiled, (or theie was nothing to 
make her smile. 

But she gained one thini; by this desolation ; 
the thought of her dead father came la her. as 
! before ; and Uie began 
' 'le had known noti „ 
had died at her hlnh, 
uid sho had been her father's trcasurei but in 
the last period of his illness she had seen loss of 
him, ana the blank left by his death had, thetri- 
fure, cnmo upon her emduully. Ilefors sho knew 
what it was, sho had begun to forgot. In llio 
roindi of ehlldren the grau grows very ijuiekly 
over their buried dead. But now she learned 
what death moanl, or rather what Inra liad 
tieon ; not, however, oi an added grief! it com- 
forted her to remember how her father had 
loved her; and she said her prayers the of- 
■ener, hocaoso they seemed to go somewhere 
n«ar the place wbero her bther wa*. 8ho did 
not think of her father being whuni God wiu>, 
bw of God being wbero bar fdtbor was. 



The winter was drawing nearer too, and the 
days ivere now short and cold. A watery lime 
began, and for many days together ilic rain kept 
fulling without intermission. 1 almost think 
Annie would have died, but for her dead father 
10 think about. On one of those rainy days, 
however, sho began to find that it is in the nalure 
of good things to come in odd ways. It had 
rained the whole day, not umelj and drtxslingly, 
but in real earnest, dancing and rebounding from 
tiie pools, and misinn a mist by the very "crash 
of wuter..drup." Now and then the school be- 
came silentijuBt to limcn to the wide noise mada 
by the busy cataract of the heavens, each drop a 
messenger of good, a sweet reluming of ennh's 
aspirations, in the form of Heaven's .4 men/ Bat 
the boys thought only of the fun of dabbling in 
the torrents as they went home ; or the doligbla 
of ncl-fishing in the swollen and muddy rivers, 
when the fish no longer see their way, but go 
wandering about in perplexity, just ns tve human 
mortals do in a thick fog, whether of the atmos- 
phere or of circumstance. 

The afternoon was waning. It waa nearly time 
to go; and still the rain was pouring and plashing 
around. In the gathering gloom there had boEo 
more than the nsual amount of wandering from 
one part of the school to anotlier, and the elder 
Brace badslolen to a form occupied by some little 
boys, next to the one on which Annie sat with 
her back toward them. If it was not the real 
object of his expodilion, at least he took the op- 
portunity to give Annie a spiteful dig with hi* 
elbow; which, operating even more powerfully 
than he had intended, forced from her an in- 
voluntary cry. Now the master indulged in an 
occauonnl reflnoment of the oxoenlive, which 
consisted in this: he threw the (awse at the of- 
fender, not so much for the sake ofhurting — al- 
though thnl, being a not infrequent result, may bo 
supposed to have hod a. share in the intention — 
as of humiliating; for the culprit bad to bear 
the instrument of torture back to the hands of 
the ciceDlioDer. lie threw the lawse at Annie. 



she had recovered breath after the blow Brace 
hod given her. Ready to faint with pain and 
terror, she rose, pale as death, and staggomd ap 
to the master, carrying tho tawse with somolhing 
of the same horror she would have fult bad it 
been a make. With a grim smile, he sent her 
back tn her scat. The moment she reached tl, 
her self-control gave way, and she hunt into dt. 
spairing, thongh silent loars. The dc»k was still 
shaking with her eubo, and some of the girls 
were still laughing at her grief, when a new oo- 
currenee attracted their attention. Through tha 
noise of the falling rain, a still louder rushing of 
water was heard, and the ears and ryes of all 
sought the source of the sound. Even Annie 
turned bcr wet chocks and overflowing eyes lan- 
guidly toward the door. Mr. Malison went nnd 
opened It. A flood of brown water wa* pouring 
into the sunk )ia>sBgB alreaity deserilMid. Thu 
grating by which tho rain-torrent that flowed past 
tho door should have escaped, had got choked. 
the Btroam had been daromod bark, and in a few 
moment* more the room itself would bo flooded. 
I'lTci'iiing this, the master hastily dismlMod his 

Tbora could bo no better fitn fut ntHt of tlM 



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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



boys and some of the girl^ than to wade through 
the dirty water. Many of the boys dashed through 
it at onca, shoes and all ; but some of the boys, 
and almost all the girls, took off their shoes and 
stockings. When Annie got a peep of the water, 
writhing and tumbling in the passage, it looked so 
agly, that she shrunk from fording it, especially 
If she must go in with her bare feet. She could 
Dot tell what might be sweeping about in that 
filthy whirlpool. She was still looking at it as 
\t kept rising, in pale perplexity and dismay, 
frith the forgotten tears still creeping down her 
sheeks, when she was caught up from behind by 
ft boy, who, with his shoes and stockings in one 
hand, now seated her on the other arm. She 
peeped timidly round to see who it was, and the 
brave brown eyes of Alec Forbes met hers, 
lighted by a kind, pitying smile. In that smile 
the cloudy sky of the universe gently opened, 
and the face of God looked out upon Annie. It 
gave her, for the moment, all that she had been 
dying for want of for many weeks — weeks long 
OS years. She could not help it — she threw her 
arms round Alec Forbcs*s neck, laid her wet 
cheek against his, and sobbed as if her heart 
would break. She did not care fur the Bruces, 
or the rats, or even the schoolmaster now. Alec 
clasped her tighter, and vowed in his heart that 
if ever that brute Malison lifted the tag to her, 
he would fly at his throat. He would have car- 
ried her all the way home, for she was no great 
weight ; but as soon as they were out of the 
house, Annie begged him to set her down so 
earnestly, that he at once complied, and, bidding 
her good-night, ran home barefoot through the 
flooded roads. 

The Bruces had gone on with the two umbrel- 
las, one of which, more to her discomfort than 
protection, Annie had shared in coming to the 
school ; so that she was very wet before she got 
home. But no notice was taken of the condition 
she was in ; the consequence of which was a se- 
vere cold and cough, which, however, were not 
regarded as any obstacles to her going to school 
the next day. 

That night she lay awake for a long time, and 
when at last she fell asleep, she dreamed that she 
took Alec Forbes home to see her father— out the 
street and the long road ; over the black moor, 
and through the fields ; in at the door of the house, 
and up the stair to her father's room, where he lay 
In bed. And she told him how kind Alec had 
been to her, and how happy she was going to be 
now. And her father put his hand out of the 
bed, and laid it on Alec's head, and said : ** Thank 
ye. Alec, for being kind to my poor Annie." And 
then she cried, and woke crying — strange tears 
out of dream-land, half of delicious sorrow and 
half of trembling joy. 

With what alterecl feelings she seated herself 
after the prayer, next day, and glanced round the 
room to catch a glimpse of her new friend I 
There he wan, radiant as usual. He took no notice 
of her, and she had not expected that he would. 
But it was not long before he found out, now that 
he was interested in her, that her cousins were by 
no means friendly to her ; for their seats were not 
far from the girls' quarter, and they took every 
sheltered opportunity of giving her a pinch or a 
■hove, or of making Vile grimaces at her. 

In the afternoon, while she wan bu«y over nn 
Edition sum which was more than usually obsii- 



nate, Robert came stealthily behind her, and, l&db 
ing his hand, watched his opportunity, and mbbed 
the sum from her slate. The same moment be r»> 
ceived a box on the ear, that no doubt filled his 
head with more noises than that of the impscL 
He yelled with rage and pain, and, catching sight 
of the administrator of justice as he was retnmiiig 
to his seat, bawled out in a tone of fierce com- 
plaint: **Sanny Forbes!" 

*' Alexander Forbes ! come up," responded the 
voice of the master. Forbes not being a first-me 
scholar, was not a favorite with him, for Mr. 
Malison had no sense for what was fine in char- 
acter or disposition. Had the name been that of 
one of his better Latin scholars, the cry of Bmee 
would most likely have passed unheeded. 

'* Hold up your hand," he said, without request- 
ing or waiting for an explanation. 

Alec obeyed. Annie gave a smothered ahridc, 
and, tumbling from her seat, rushed np to the 
master. When she found herself face to fiue 
with the tyrant, however, not one word coold die 
speak. Site opened her mouth, but throat and 
tongue refused their offices, and she stood gaqiinf. 
The master stared, his arm arrested in act to atriki^ 
and his face turned over his left shoulder, withaD 
the blackness of his anger at Forbes lowering 
upon Annie. He stood thus for one awfol mo» 
ment, then motioning her aside with a sweep of 
his head, brought down the tawsc upon the hand 
which Alec had continued to hold outstretched, 
with the vehemence of accumulated wrath. Annie 
gave a choking cry, and Alec, so violent wns the 
pain, involuntarily withdrew his hand. Bat in- 
stantly, ashamed of his weakness, he presented 
it again, and received the remainder of his punish- 
ment without flinching. The master then tamed 
to Annie ; and finding her still speechless, gave 
her a push that nearly threw her on her face, 
and said, 

'* Go to your seat, Ann Anderson. The next 
time you do that, I will punish you severely." 

Annie sat down, and neither sobbed nor cried. 
But it was days before she recovered from the 
shock. Once, long after, when she was reading 
about the smothering of the princes in the Tower, 
the whole of the physical sensations of those tev* 
rible moments returned upon her, and she sprung 
from her seat in a choking agony. 



CHAPTER XI. 

For some time, neither of the Bruces yentnred 
even to make a wry face at her in school ; bat 
their behavior to her at homo was only so much 
the worse. 

Two days after the events recorded, as Annie 
was leaving the kitchen, after worship, to go np to 
bed, Mr. Bruce called her. 

*' Annie Anderson," he said, '* I want toi 
to ye." 

Annie turned, trembling. 

** I see ye ken what it 's aboot, " he went on, atar* 
ing her full in the pale face, which grew paler as he 
stared. *' Ye canna luik me i' the face. Whanr 's 
the candy-sugar an' the prunes? I ken weel 
enench whaur they are, and sae do ye." 

** I ken noething aboot them/' answered Annie, 
with a sadden revival of energy. 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



" Dinna lee, Anaio. Ii 'n ill encucli to i 
wiiboot tsein'." 

*' I 'm no leein'," answered she, barsting into 
lean of iniligntttion. "Wlia said 'at I look 
I hem ?■■ 

"That'i DuethiDK to the pint. Ye w»dna 
greit that gHit gin ja nr inboccnt. I never 
misled on; thinK afore. And ye ken neet Gncnch 
ihero 's nn eo that k«s a' ihing, ami ye cannu 
bido frae hie" 

Bruce could hantlr havo intended thnt it irns 
bj iDspimtion frani on bich that be had discov- 
ered th« thief of bis iweels. Bot lia ihonght it 
belter to avoid mctilioDinfE tbot the informer was 
bis owu son Johnnie, Julmai«, on hia part, had 
tbonubt it belter not to mention that lie had been 
Incited to tbc act b; hia brother llobert. And 
Bobert iiad tliought it better not to mention tliat 
be did $0 partly to shield himself, and parti; out 
of revenge for III o bos on the ear which Alec 
Furbo) had given him. Tbe informaiiun tmd 
been yielded lo the inqajsitlon of the parent, wbo 
•aid with Imth lliat be had never misKd any 
tbiniic before; aItboii[[b Isospeclthal a course of 
peitv and eantioas pilfering had at length passed 
■he narrow boonds within which it could be cun- 
cenled from the lynx ejei inherited from tlw 
kingly general. I'osiibly a bilious attack, which 
coiilincd the elder boy to the bouse fur two or 
three daja, may have had something 10 do with 
the llieft; but if Bruce had any suspicions 
of the sort, be never gave utterance M tbcm. 

"i dinna want to hide frnc 't,"eried Annie. 
" Quid kens," she went on in desperation, " that 
I wndua toueh a grain o' saut wanlin' leave.' 

" It 'a a pitj, Annie, Iliat some fowk dinna (^t 
their niii share o' Mr. Malison's lards." (Tarda 
waa considered a more dignillad wonl than in?.} 
" I dinna litte to lick jo mysci', 'cudbc ye'reither 
fcwk's bairn ; but I con bardly baud my ban's 

It mnii HM bo supposed from ibis cpecch that 
Robert Bruce ever ventured to Uf lii« linnds on 
his own children. He ivaa too much afraid of 
their mother, who, perfectly aubmisaive and sym- 
pnlhclic in ordinary, wonld have flown into the 
rage of a hen with chivkena if even her own blti- 
band had dared to chnaiiu one of irr children. 
The shop might bo more Robert's than heia, but 
the cbilJran were more bets than Robert's. 

Overcome with ahnme nnd Hghtoaus anger, 
Annie burst out in the midst of frvib tears : 

'*I niih Auntie wad come an tub' mo ana'' 
It 's an ill hoose lo be In." 

TliCbe words had a visible eRect upon Bruce. 
Ho expected a visit from Margaret Anderson 
irilbin • day or two ; and be did not know what 
the effect of the raproeniniiuns of Annie might 
be. Tbe Dse of her money had not been secured 
to him tor anr lengtlunod poriml'-Uowin, nnx- 
ioua to take all pracaationa fbr hia Unto mininH. 



creditor for extuning it. So with the weak eun. 
ning of hia kiuJ, he went lo the shop, and bring- 
ing back a bit of Biigar-caady. about the site of 
a pifteon's egg. said to the siill woeping child . 

" Oinna greit, Anuie. I canna bide to see j 
greitin'. Gin ye want a biiiico' sugar ony time, 
jist tell me, an' dinna gang ttelpin' yanel' 
That '9 a'. Hue." 

He tbrusi the lump into Annio's hand ; but 
she dropped it on the Door with disf-ust, and 
rushed up alairi to ber bed as fust as the dark- 
ness would let ber; nbore, notwlthBtanding Ucr 
indignation, she was soon fast nslrwp. 

Bruce searched for tbe augar-uindy which she 
bad rejected, until he foond it. lie then re- 
siored it to the drawer whence ho had taken it — 
which he could Bnd in the dnrk with perfect case 
— resolving, as he did so, to be more careful in 
future of oftuuding little Annie Andcreou. 

When tlic day arrived upon which he expect- 
ed Margcl'a visit, ihni beini; a Saturday, Bruce 
waa on the watch the whole afternoon. From 
hia ahop door he could see all along the street, 
nnd a good way beyond it; and bcini; very 
(luick-sighted, ho recognized Margct at a great 
■lixancc by ber shawl, as she aat in a slow-near- 



ingM 

" Annie r ho called, opening iho 
oshe relumed behind the counter. 

Annie, who was up stuirs in her own roonv 
im mediately appoand. 

" Annie," he said, "rin ciot at the back door, 
and ibrongh the yard, nnd owcr lo Laurie Lum 
Wy% and tell him to eome owor lo mo direckly. 
Dinita come back wiihoot him. Tlicra's aguid 

He sent ber upon this menage, knowing widl 
Enough that tbe innn had gone into the country 
that day, and that there was no one al his hoQW 
who would be likely to know where be had gone. 
He hoped, therefore, ihat she would go and look 
foe him in the town, and so be abcenl during her 

"Wcel, Marge(,"'lie said, with his cuetomar; 
greeting, in wliirh the foreij^n mI sought to over- 
come the home-bred vinegar, " boo ore ye tb< 



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» that i1l,''answercd Marget with a 



And hoo 'a Ur. and Mistress Feterson f" 
" Brawly. Ooo 'a Annie comin' on V' 
"Nao that ill. She'asomcroyt(nofaiu)jiai," 
Ho ibonght to please her by tbs remark, be- 
cansc she bad been in the habit of saving so her- 
self. But distance had mndo Annie dearer ; and 
hornunt's nose look Are with indignation, as she 
repliir.l ; 

'-'^e laasio '■ wect encucb. / saw naetbing 
u' iho sort ahont lini'. Gin ye canna guide her, 

Bruce wu> uhnslie.l, hut not confounded. He 



had no exalted opinloa. The safe having 

ed out brricr than had bren expected, the aun 

committed to Bruro was two bundrad pounds 

. to loac which now would lie liardly less thnr 

L ruin, lie ihoughl it belter, tberoftire, not doubt' 

f tm ■ ■ ■ • -■ 

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as a coo gaein' bamo at niebt, only ye n 
lat hrr ken that ro'rcthere, ye ken." 

"')wl ay," said Margel, a little nonplused iu 






■1 with hb 



"Wad ye lite Iosco her?" 
"What ilher did I come fnrf" 
" Weel, I a" cang and luik fur 
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ALEC FORBES OF U0WGLE5. 



" Anni6| jet aastie *t hero and wantt to lee partlj in the hope that the 

ye.** <^ before would overtake Forbes ; and 

'' She 11 be here in a minnte,** he laid to Mar- wai ttill howling when Mr. Malifoa ic 

get, as he ie-«nte««d the shop. ** Robert Bmce, eome np," bawled ba^ tht 

AAer a little more desnltory eonrenation, he moment he opened the door, 

pietended to be surprised that she did not make And Robert Bmoe went np, mad DOCwitliitaBd- 

ner appearance, and going once more to the ing his protestations, lecetred a ■eeond, and iir 

door, called her name sercral times. Ho then more painful panbhment from the maater, who 

pretended to search for her in the garden and all perhaps had fa«en put out of temper bj hia fidt- 

orer the house, and returned with the news that or. But there u no good in speculating on that 

she was nowhere to bo seen. ' or any other possibilitj in the matter ; te, ai 

'* She *s feared that ye *ro come to tak* her wi' far at least as the boys could see, the maatcr had 



ye, and »he 's run awa oot aboot some gait. I *11 no fixed principle as to the jpartj on wbon the 
sen' the laddies to luik for her." punishment should faU. PnnWinieot^ in hii 



** Na, na, never min\ Gin she disna want to eyes, was perhaps enough in itaelt. If he 
see mo, I 'm sure I needna want to see her. I '11 capable of seeing that pmtiakmaUj aa he caDei 
awa doon the toon,*' said Margaret, her face grow- it, falling on the wrong perKm, was not pmrnuk- 
ing Terr rod as she spoke. j ment, but only mfferu^j certainly he hiad not 

Kho bustled out of the shop, too angry with seen the value of the distinction. 
Annie to say farewell to Bruce. She had not | If Bruce howled before, he howled tenfold 
gone far, however, before Annie came running ' now, and went home howling. Annie was sor- 
out of a narrow close, almost into her aunt*s rv for him, and tried to say a word of comfbit 
arms. But there was no refuge for her there. to him ; but he repelled her advances with ha- 

** Ye little limmcr !" cried Margaret, seizing ' trcd and blows. As soon as lie reached the shop^ 
her by the shoulder, ''what gartyc rinawa'? I ho told his father that Forbes had beaten hia 
dinna want ye, ye brat !** a\ itliout his having even ppoken to him, whidi 

'*I didna rin awa', Auntie.*' was as correct as it was untrue, and that the 

*' Robert Bmce cried on yc to come in, him- ninstcr had taken Forbes's part, and Uck^ bin 
fcl*." over again, of which latter assertion there wai 

** It was himsel' that sent mc to Laurie Luro- proof enough on his pen»on. Robert the elder 
ley's to tell him to come till him dirccklv." , was instantly filled with smoulderini^ wrath, 

Margaret could not make ** head or toil'* of it. ; and from that moment hated Alec Forbes. For, 
But as Annie hod never told her a lie, she could ■ like many others of low nature, he had yet some 
not doubt her. So taking time to think about | animal aflfection for his children, combined with 
it, she gave her some rough adrice and a smooth nn endless amount of partisanship on their he- 
penny, and went away on her erninds. She half, which latter gnve him a full right to the 
was not long in coming to the conclunion that | national motto of Scotland. Indeed, for noth- 
Brueo wanted to sunder her and the child ; and ing in the world but money would be hare sao- 
this oflfonded her so much, that she did not go rificcd what seemed to him their interests, 
near the shop for a long time. Thus Annie . A man must learn to love his children, oot 
was forsaken, and Bruce had what he wtinted. because they arc his, but because they arc dnl- 

He needed not have been so full of scheming, drrn, else his love will be scarcely a better thing 
though. Annie never said a word to her nuiit nt Innt thnn the party spirit of the faithful poK- 
about their treatment of her. It is one of the tician. I doubt if it will prove even so good a 
marvels in the eonntitution of children, how thing. 

much thov will bear without coinplaining. Pa- From this hatred to Alec Forbes came some 
routs and guaniians ha^ns no right to sii])p08e small consequences at length. But for the pres- 
that all is well in the nursery or school-room, ent it found no outlet save in sneers and pio- 
mcrely from the fact that the children do not , phctic hints of an **ill hinner en*." 
complain. Servants and tutors may be cruel, | 
and children will be silent— partly, I presume, 
because they forget so soon. 

But vengeance of a sort soon overtook Robert 
Bruce the younger ; for the evil spirit in him, 
derived from no such remote ancestor as the 



CHAPTER XII. 



king, would not allow him a long respite from ' In her inmost heart Annie d^ieated hcraelf 
evil-doing, even in school He knew Annie to the service of Alec Forbes. Kor was it long 
better than his father, that she was not likely to , before she had an o|.iH>rtunity of helping him. 
complain of anv thing, and that the only danger One Saturday the master made his appearance 
lay in the chance of being discoven^l in the deed, in black instead of white stockings, which was 
Olie day when the master had left the room %o regarded by the si-holars a.«« a bad omen ; and 
confer with some visitor at the door, he spied fully were their proj:no*tications justified on this 

asion, at least. The joy of the half-holiday for 



iw ho believed* at a glance, that Ak?c Forbes Sct>ich boys and pirb has a terrible weight laid 

was totally unoliervant, he ga\*o her an igno- in the opposite scale — I mean the other lialf of the 

roinious push ftom behind, which threw her out day. This weight, which brings the day pretty 

on her face in the middle of the floor, lint much on a kwl with all other days, consists in 

.Vice did catch sight ivf him in the very deed, a fn»o use of the Shorter Catechism. This, of 

« as down upon him in a moment, and,' havinj; cour*?, made them hate the Catechism, thongh I 

already pi\>ved that a box on the ear was of no am not aware that that was of any great conse- 

lastii^ d^ct, gave him a downright good thrash- , quencc. or much to be re^^tted. For my part, 

lag. He howled vigoioaslT, partly from pain, 1 wbh the spiritual engineers who constructed h 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



bi<Ii ■Afc 1a}^ing; ihn grandeit foundadon-Mona 
llut crulti could ulTurd Ihdo, glciriflcd God by 
goiug DO further. Cortainly many ■ msn would 
bare enjoyed Kim looner, if it had not bwn for 
their work. But, sImI th* Cntechlim wu not 
enough, even of the kind. The tormeittim of 
yoath Imd gone futher, and provided wlial ifaey 
cnlled ■(^riplure proofa ofthevnriouB uaerlioniof 
theCnlcchiam J awipportof which ittlooU greatly 
in aeei. Alas] I toy, for Ihe boys uud girln who 
had to learn thsM! proofa, called lexis of Scripture, 
but too frequently only mor«l» lom bleeding 
and shapoh'M from "the lovely form of the Vii^ 
gin Truth '." For these lasiii, combined with ihs 
pains and pcDaltics which accompanied failorc, 
taaght them to dislike the Bible as >vell as the 
CaUchiaia, and that wat a muter of altogether 
different impart. 

Ecery Saturday, then, Murdoch Halison'i pa- 
pila had to Icam aomatiyqueitians of the Short- 
er Calechiam, with proofa trom Scripture ; aiid 
whoever failed in this task was condemned to im- 

EDnmcnt for the ramaioderor the day, or, at 
t, tilt the task ahould be accomplished. The 
impriaonmcnt was aomclimes commuted for 
chaaiiscmcnl — or finished off with it, when it 
notauit the conienioDco of tlm master to en- 
force the full term of a achiml-day. Upon cer- 
tain Satardayi, mo^ovar, one in each month, 
I think, arepecition wosreqniredof alltheqaen- 
tions and proofi that had been, or ought to liare 
been, learned since the Inst obacrvanco of the 



1 was in coDscqi 
in" — a trial hard enongh for one whose chirf de- 
lights were the open air and [lie actire cKCrtiun 
of every bodily jiower. 

Annie caught sight of bia mortiiied counte- 
nance, the expresaion'of which, though iha bad 
not hrard hia doom, ao fliled her with concent and 
indignation, that — her eyes and thouKlitB fixed 
Dpon him, at the otber end of Ihe claaa — >1iu did 
not kDow when her tnm eamc, but allowed the 

Iter to stand before her in boot! cm expectation, 
lie did not interrupt her, but with a reflnotDent 
of cruelif that oti^t to have done him credit in 
his own eyes, wailed till the nnivenal sil<n>ce had 
at length arooacd Annie to self-conacionanei* and 
a aense of annihilating confiiaion. Tlien, with 
B imilo on hia thin lipi, but a lowering thunder- 
cloud on bii brow, ho repealed the question - 
■ > What doth every sin deoerTc V 
Annie, bewildered, and burning with ahamo 
at finding herself the core of the sitonee — foaling 



IB aniwcr given in the Catechism. So, In her 
bowjldennciit,ahe fell back on Iter common eenae 
and experiance, which, shoonghtlchai'o known, 
bad ni)ihlni[ lo do with the mmter in hand. 

'* What doth etrory sin deserve !" ngnin repeat- 
ed the lyranL 

" A lickin',~ whiiagicrcd Annie, and baral 
into tears. 

The mailer seemed mncli inrlineil loconaldrr 
her condemned out of her own mouth, and g 
bar a nbipping at one« : for it argued more i) 
ignorance to answer n tehijtpiii^, inalcad of 
itraA md airtt of (Sid, We., «lr., m pUlnty 



down in the Scotch Tnrgum. Bin reflecting, por- 
hnpa, that she wa» a^irl, and n little one, aod tliat 
allhouch it would be mors gratification to him 
lo wbip licr, it uiighl bo equal auKring to her to 
be keiit in, be gave that side wa»o of hia head 
which scaled iho cnlpiit^l doom, and Annie took 
her placo among the condemned, with n lliittcr of 
jay at her licart that Alec ForlKS would nut bo 
left without a servant to wait upon him. A few 
more boys mnde up the nnfortuDnlo party, but 
they vren: all IIIlloone^ andsolhereirasnoeom- 
panion for Forbes, who evidently fell the addeil 
degradation of beingalooD. The hour arriveil; 
iheachool wHB dismisaod; the master strode our, 
locking the door behind him ; and the defaulter* 
were left nlone, lo chew the bitter cud of ill- 
cooked theology. 

For some time a dreary silence reigned. Alec 
■at with his elbows on his desk, biting bis nulls, 
and gnawing his hands. Anniesal diriding her 
silent attention between her book and Alec. 
The other boyl were, or seemed to be, bnsy with 
their Catechiima, in the hope of gcttinj; out ns 
soon as the master rcim-ned. At length Alec iimk 
out his knife, ond licgan, for very vacancy, towhil- 
ileawayai the desk before him. When Annie saw 
that, she crept across to his form, and Ml down 
on the end of it. Aloe looked up at her, smiled, 
and weni on with his whiilllng. Annie slid a , 
little tienrcr to him, and asked him to hear licr 
say her Couchism. He conacnted, and she re- 
pealed the lesson perfectly. 

" Now let mo liear you. Alec," she said. 

"Na, thank ye, Annie. Icannasay'l. And 
I wonna say't for a' the dominie* in creation."" 

"Bat he'll lick yc. Alee; an'Icannahidoii," 
eaid Annie, the tears beginning lo 911 her eyes. 

"Weol.I'Il try — lo please you, Annie," >nid 
Alec, seeing that the little thing waa in earnest. 

How her heart bonndod with deliefat! That 
great boy, so strong and ao l>rsve, trying to learn 
a loson to plensB her I 

Bni it would not do. 

" I canna min' n word »' 'r, Annie. I 'm dreid- 
(u* huliKry, furliye. 1 was in n harry wi' my 
brnkfaat llio day. Gin I had kenl wbat was 
eomiii', t wad hae laid in a better stock," hu 
added, laughing rather drearily. 

As lie apoko be looked up ; and hi* eyes nnn. 
dered from one window lo another fur a lew 
inonienls after he had ceased speaking. 

" Na i it 's no use," he ttitumed at last. " I 
hae eni«n ower muckle fur that, ony gail." 

Annie wna as pitiful orer Alec's hunger asany 
mother over her child's. She foil it pure iii- 
jnstiee that he should ever be hungry, but, uii- 
ublo to dcvl><e any help, she could only say, 

" 1 ilinnn ken what ye mean. Alec, ' 

" When I wni na bigger llian yon. Anntc. I 
could win oot at a less hole than iliat, " answered 
he, and ixiinted to the open wooden pane in an 
upper cumi-T of one of the windows; "but I hae 
eaten owrr muckle sin syne." 

And ho laughed again; but it was again nil 

Annie njirung to her feiet. 

'■ Uin ye einild win tlirou that hole ancc I 
can win throu'lnon, AIM. Jial hand ma up a bit. 
Ye rail lift mo, ya ken." 

And she looked up at him abyly and giatefully. 

"Hut what will ye do when ye an oot, An- 



20 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



'' Bin liaxnc« and fcss a loaf wi* me direcklj." 

*<Bat Hob Bruce '11 see yer held atween yer 
feet, afore he 41 gie ye a loafi or a moa'fa o' 
cakes either; an' it's ower far to rin to my 
mither*8. Murdoch wad be back lang or that.*' 

** Jist help me oot, an' lea' the laye to me," 
said Annie, confidently. *' Gin I dinna fess a 
loaf o' white breid, nerer lippen {trust) to me 
again." 

The idea of the bread, always a rarity and 
consequent delicacy to Scotch country boys, so 
cnrly in the century as the date of my story, was 
tou much for Alec's imagination. He jumped 
up, nnd put his head out of one of those open 
punes to reconnoitre. He saw a woman ap- 
proaching whom he knew. 

*^ I say, Lizzie," he called. 

The woman stopped. 

** What 's yer wull, Maister Alec ?" 

'* Jist Stan' there an' pu' this lassie oot. Wo 're 
u' keepit in thegither, and nearhan' hnngert." 

** The Lord preserve 'si I '11 gang for the 
key." 

*' Na, na ; we wad hae to pay for that. Tak' 
her oot — that 's a' we want." 

** He 's a eoorse crayter — that maister o' yours. 
I wad gang to see him hangt." 

<<Bide a wee; that '11 come in guid time," 
said Alec, pseudo-propheticallv. 

* ' Weel, I s' hae a pu' at thb leg so' him, to help 
him to jecdgement ; for he '11 be the deith o' ane 
or twa o' ye afore lang." 

** Never min' Murder Malison. Will ye tak* 
oot the bit lassie ?" 

*<OdwaiI! Whanrisshe?" 

Alec jumped down and held her up to the 
open pane, not a foot square. He told her to put 
her arms through first. Then between them 
they got her head through, whercupoir Lizzie 
caught hold of her — so low was the school-room 
— and dragged her out, and set her on her feet. 
But alas, a window was broken in the process ! 

"Noo, Annie," cried Alec, •'never min' the 
window. Rin." 

She was off like a live bullet. 

She scampered home prepared to encounter 
all dangen. The worst of them all to lier mind 
was the danger of not succeeding, and of so 
breaking faith with Alec. She had sixpence of 
her own in coppers in her box, — tho only diffi- 
culty was to get into tho house and out again 
without being seen. By employing the utmost 
care and circumspection, she got in by the back 
or house door unperceived, and so up to her 
room. In a moment more the six pennies were 
in her hand, and she in the street ; for she did 
not use the same amount of precaution in get- 
ting out again, not minding discovery so much 
now, if she could only have a fair start. No one 
followed her, however. She bolted into a baker's 
shop. 

"A saxpcnny loaf, "she panted our. 

** Wha wants it?" asked the baker's wife. 

"There *s the bawbees," answered Annie, lay- 
ius them on the counter. 

Tlie baker's wife gave her the loaf, with the 
biscuit which, from time immemorial, had aU 
ways graced a purchase to the amount of six- 
pence ; and Annie sped back to the school like 
a runaway horse to his stable. 

As she approached, out popped the head of 
Alec Forbes. He had been listening for the 



sound of her feet. She held up the loaf m» hiiHi 
as she could, and he stretched down as low as be 
could, and so their hands met on the loaf. 
** Thank ye, Annie," said Alec with 



ness. '* I shanna forget this. Hoo got ye H ?* 

'* Never ye min' that I didna steal %** an- 
swered Annie. **But I maun win in again,** 
she added, suddenly awaking to that diflElciik 
necessity, and looking up at the window above 
her head. 

'•I'm a predestined idiot!" said Alec, with 
an impious allusion to tho Shorter Catechism, 
as ho scratched his helpless head. **I never 
thocht o' that." 

It was clearly impossible. 

" Ye '11 catch 't," said one of the urchins to 
Annie, with his nose flattened against the win- 
dow. 

The roses of Annie's race turned pale, bat she 
answered stoutly, 

** Weel! I care as little as the lave o' je. I 'm 
thinkin'." 

By this time the "Idiot" had made np his 
mind. Ho never could make up any other than 
a bull-headed mind. 

"Rin hame, Annie," he said ; "and inn Mnr- 
der offers to lay a finger o' ye upo' Monday, /'Af 
murder him. Faith ! 1 '11 kill him. Rin hame 
afore he comes and catches ye at the window." 

"No, no. Alec," pleaded Annie. 

"Hand yer tongue," interrupted Alec, ''and 
rin, will ye?" 

Seeing he was quite determined, ADoie, 
though loth to leave him, and in terror of what 
was implied in the threats he uttered against 
the master and might be involved in the ezeca- 
tion of them, obeyed him and walked leisareiy 
home, avoiding the quarters in which there was 
a chance of meeting her jailer. 

She found that no one had observed her for- 
mer visit; the only remarks made being some 
goody ones about the disgrace of being kept io. 

When Mr. Malison returned to the school 
about four o'clock, he found all quiet as death. 
The boys appeared totally absorbed in coaumif. 
ting the Shorter Catechism, as if the Shorter 
Catechism was a sin, which perhaps it was not. 
But, to his surprise, which he pretended to be 
considerably greater than it really was, the g:irl 
was absent 

"Where is Ann Anderson?" were the firtt 
words he condescended to utter. 

'* Ganc hame," cried two of the little prisoners. 

"Gone home !" echoed the master in a tone 
of savage incredulity ; although not only was it 
plain that she was gone, but he must have known 
well enough, from former experience, how her 
escape had been effected. • 

"Yes," said Forbes; "it was me made her 
go. I put her out at the window. And I hrc^ 
the window," he added, knowing that it must 
soon be found out, "but I '11 get it mended on 
Monday." 

Malison turned as white as a sheet with Ten- 
omous rage. Indeed, the hopelessness of the 
situation had made Alec speak with too much 
nonchalance. 

Anxious to curry favor, the third youngster 
now called out, 

** Snndy Forbes gart her gang an' fess a loaf 
o' white breid." 

Of thiii bread, the wretched informer had still 



' Mmo ot tt 



\LV.C FOHBES OF IIOIVGLEN. 
ot the f^ninibj siii^kins to 1ii> JAi^ki 



SI 



viiiating u the iutluL-nce of » rcign uf wrror. 
Tho brod -ana eaten, and lUe Ei*er tDight ba be- 
trayed ID ibo bops uf gaiuing a iiula furor with 
the tyrant. 

" Alexander Forbei, come ti]i. " 

Beyond Ihi* poini I wilt nut here prosccul« 



Atoc bon fail punnhnKint with great lirmncn. 
•Iihough there were few beholden, and none of 
ihcm worth considflriog. Afwr he hud spent liis 
wmih, the miuicr nlluivcil ihoin nil to depart 
without farther reference to the Shoiwr Cato- 



CHAPTEIt Sin. 
TtiK Suadny Tollawing ww any thing but a 
day of repo« fur Annie — ahe looked with inch 
frightrnl anticipation to tha coming Monday. 
Nor was the osaunince »ith which Alec Forbes 
had sent her away, and which she was Far from 
forceiiing, by any mcani productive of utitnin- 
gled consolation ; fur in a conflict with auch a 
power of darkneu as Mr. Malison, how could 
Alec, even if sure to be victorions ai any knight 
oFoid story, coma olfwichual injury tern ble and 
not to U' contsmplatcii ', Yet, Mm'ngc to tell— 
or was il really itrango ?— as she listened to the 



ith eaoltotion at the tardy Jnstice that would 
orerlake kuch men as Murdoch Malison or Itub- 
en Bri;™, nor yet with pity fiir their Ikie, that 
■he lisitiDcd; but with auKiou* heart-aching 
fear {iir her friend, the noble, the generous Alec 
Porhe^ who withstood authority, and wai there- 
fore ^odangar of liell-firo. About horown doom, 
qwMiUtion was luiintcreaiing. 

The awful morn inR dawned. When she awoke, 
■nd the ihouglit of what ihe had Id meet eame 
bock on lier, ihuut;h it could hardly be said to 
hnfe been a mumeni abfent all night long, >ho 
fmed, not mota|iUorically, but phyaieojly aick. 
Y~t breakfast lime would come, and warship 
did not fail to follow, and then to lehool she 
muit go. There all went on as naual for somo 
t.mc The Bible claw was called up, heard, and 
Ciimisscd ; and Annie was beginning to hope 
ttiat the whole alToir waa aomohow or other 
trrapped up and laid by. She hail heard nothinc 
of Akc's fate after she' had left him tinprimned, 
■ud exco|>t a eertain stoniness in Ilia look, which 
a Kin cte glance diHgrered, his face gave no sign. 
Siio dared not lift her eye* from the sittMinc- 
book before her, to look in the direction of the 
mosior. No muiilerer coiilJ bars folt more 
keenly a* if all the unirerac were one eye, and 
(hat eye Hxi^d on him, than Annie. 

Suddenly the awful roiea mounded ihpouch 
llie school, and the ward* it uttered ^thungh 
•ran after she beard them it seemed lou lorriblo 

" Anu Anilemon, come np." 

For a moment the lost consciousness — nr nl 
teaii memory. When she rcpo»ercd herself, uliu 
found herself standing liefure the mnslor. Ilia 
mica sMtined to hare left two ur three nnan- 
*worad i|iieBtiona aomewliere in her l>ead. Whnl 
(bey were she ha<l no IJoa. But pmently he 
ipoka again, aw^ ta» ibo iom, wbM ho «id 



was evidently tlie repetition nrii igucation — prob- 
ably put more than once before. 

" Did you, or did you not, go ont at the win- 
dow on Saturday?" 

She did not see that Alec Forbes had left his 
seat, and was alowly lessening the dbtanca be- 
tween them and him. 

" Yet," alio answered, trembling from bead tc 
foot. 



ugetitT' 



" Yes sir." 

" Where did yi 

"I bought il, I 

"Where did you get the money ?" 

Of course every eye in the school na* fixi 
ujion her, those of her cousins Hporkiing wii 
delight. 

"I got it ool o'my aio kirtjiir." 

"Hold up your hand." 

Annie obeyed, with a most pMhetic dumb te 
ror pleading in her face. 

"Don "t touch her," said Alec Forbes, step- 
ping between the executioner and his vietil: 
"You know well enough il was nil my fault. 
told you ao on Saturday." 

Murder Malison, n* the boys called him.iurncil 
with the tawie over his shonldcr, wlience it liiid 
been on the point of swooping upon Annie, and 
answered him with a bisiiug blow over his down- 
bent head, followed by a succession of furiuun 
bloic* upon every part of his person, as it twisted 
and writhed and doubled; till, making no at- 
tempt at resiitnnce, he waa knocked down by tlie 
storm, and lay prostrate under the fierce lashes. 
ihe master hoUling him down with one foot, nnd 
laying on with the whole force of tha opposite 
arm. At langtb Malison stopped, exhaualed. 
and inrning, white with rage, toward Annie, who 
was almoit in a fit with agony, repeated tha or- 

"Hold np your hand." 

But us he turaeii Alec bounded to hia feel, his 
faeo glowing, and hit eyoa Boshing, and getting 
round in front, sprung at the master'! throat, 
just as iho tnwiD was descending. Malison 
threw him off, and lining his weapon once more, 
swept it with a stinging lash ronod hil head and 
face. Alee, feeling that this was no occnalun on 
which to regard the rule* of fair fight. (Iao|<iid 
hia head, and rushed, like a ram, or a iMum, 
full lilt against the pit of Malison'i iiomavli, 
and doubling him up, sent him with a crash inio 
the i>e«l Bte which was glowing on the hsnrtli. 
In the attempt to save himself, ho thrust hi* 
hand right ioio it, and Alec and Annie were 

Alec rushed to drag him olfibe Are) bnl he 
wni up before he reached him. 

■'Go home!" ho bawled toihoacholamgeiipr- 
olly, and not donrn at his desk to hide bis sutT. r- 
ing. 

Forono brief moment there was silence. Tlwn 
n tumult arose, a sbonling, and hajla<dag, and 
screeching, and the whole school roahed 10 the 
door, as If the deril had been after them to catch 
the hindmoKt. Strange nproar inradedthoear* 
uf Olamerton — strange, that is, at eleven o'clock 
in the fomiKHin uf Monday — the uproar of jubi- 
lant frecd'tm, 

Bui the cnlpritB. Annin and Alec, stood and 
Iwttb 



23 



ALEC FOBBES OF HOWGLEX. 



one hand, while the other Imng helpless at his 
Bide. Annie stopped partly out of pity for the 
despot, and partly becanse Alec stopped. Alec 
stopped because he was the author of the sitaa- 
tion — at least he never conld gi?e any better 
reason. 

At length Mr. Malison lifted his head, and 
made a movement toward his haL He started 
when he saw the two standing there. But the 
moment he looked at them their courage failed 
them. 

** Bin, Annie I*' said Alec. 

Away she bolted, and ho after her, as well as 
he could, which was not with his usual fleetness 
by any means. When Annie had rounded a 
comer, not in the master's way home, she stop- 
ped, and looked back for Alec. He was a good 
many paces behind her; and then first she dis- 
covered the condition of her champion. For 
now that the excitement was over, he could 
scarcely walk, and evidence m kmd was not 
wanting that from head to foot he must be one 
mass of wales and bruises. He put his hand on 
her shoulder to help him along, and made no 
opposition to her accompanying him as far as 
the gate of his mother's garden, which was near- 
ly a mile from the town, on the farther bank of 
one Of the rivers watering the valley-plain in 
which GUmerton had st«>d for hundreds of 
years Then she went slowly home, bearing 
with her the memory of the smile which, in spite 
of pain, had illuminated his tawse-waled cheeks, 
as she took her leave. 

*' Good-bye, dear Alec !** she had said. 

^* Good-bye, Annie dear," he had answered, 
with the smile : and she had watched him crawl 
into the house before she turned away. 

When she f2^>t home, she saw at once, from 
the black looks of the Bruce, that the stor}-, 
whether in its true shape or not, had arrived be- 
fore her. 

Nothing was said, however, till after worship ; 
when Bruce gave her a long lecture, as impressive 
as the creature was capable of making it, on the 
wickedness and certain punishment of** takin* up 
wi* ill loons like Sandy Forbes, wha was brakin' 
his mither's hert wi' his boad behavior.'* But he 
came to the conclusion, as lie confided to his wife 
that night, that the lassie ** wasgrowin' liardent 
already -" probably from her being in a state of 
too great excitement from the events of the day to 
waste a tear upon his lecture ; for, as she s:ud in 
the hearing of the rottans, when she went up to 
bed, she ** c/idWa care aJUe/or U," But the mo- 
ment she lay down she fell to weeping bitterly over 
the sufferings of Alec. She was adeep in a mo- 
ment after, however. If it had not been for the 
power of sleeping that there was in the child, she 
must long before now have gi^'en way to the 
hostile influences around her, and died. 

There was considerable excitement about the 
hcnrths of Glamerton, generally, in consequence 
of the news of the master's defeat earned home by 
the children. For, although it was amazing how 
liitle of the doings at school the children were in the 
habit of reporting — so little, indeed, that this ac- 
count involved revelations of the character and 
proceedings of Mr. Malison which appeared to 
many of the parents quite incredible — the present 
occurrence so far surpassed the ordinary, and had 
excited the beholders so moch, that they could not 
be qniet about it. Various were the judgments 



elicited by the story. The religions poitioo of 
the community seemed to their children to side 
with the master; the worldly — namelj, those 
who did not profess to be particalmrlj religio« 
— all sided with Alec Forbes ; with the ezeepcioa 
of a fish-cadger, who had one son, the i^egoe of 
his life. 

Among the religious, there was, «t least, one 

: exception, too ; but he had no children of his own, 

i and hod a fancy for Aiec Forbes. That 

was Thomas Crann, the stone-mason. 



CHAPTEB XIV. 

TnoMAS CsAKN was building a bouse ; for he 
was both contractor:— in a small way, it is true, 
not undertaking to do any thing without the ad- 
vance of a good part of the estimate — and day-la- 
borer at his own job. Having arrived at the point 
in the process where the assistance of a carpenter 
was necessary, he went to Greorge Macwha, whom 
he found at his bench, planing. This bench was 
in a work shop, with two or three more benches 
in it, some deals set up against the wall, a coaple 
of red cart-wheels sent in for repair, and the took 
and materials of his trade all about. The floor was 
covered with shavings, or njtaies, as they sure call- 
ed by northern consent, which a poor woman was 
busy gathering into a sack. After a short and 
gruff greeting on the part of Crann, and a more 
cordial reply from Macwha, who ceased his labor 
to attend to his visitor, they entered on the bosi* 
ness question, which having been carefoUj and 
satisfactorily discussed, with the aid of Tarioos 
diagrams upon the half-planed deal, Macwha re- 
turned to his work, and the conversation took a 
more general scope, accompanied by the sounds 
of Macwha's busy instnimcnt. 

''A terrible laddie, that Sandy Forbes !*' said 
the carpenter, with a sort of laugh in the m^kiaUt 
of his plane, as he threw off a splendid spaie. 
**They say hc*s lickit the dominie, and maist 
been the deid o* him.^ 

*' I hae kent waur laddies nor Sandy Forbes," 
was Thomas's curt reply. 

** Ow, deed ay ! I ken nacthing agen the lad- 
die. Him nn' oor Willie*8 unco throng.*' 

To this the sole answer Thomas gave was a 
grunt, and a silence of a few seconds followed be- 
fore he spoke, reverting to the point from which 
they had started. 

''*I *m no clear but Alec micht hae committed 
a waur sin than thrashin* the dominie. He *s a 
dour crayter. that Murdoch Malison, wi* his fair 
face and his picket words. I doot the bairns hae 
the warst o' 't in general. And for Alec I hae 
great houpes. He comes o* a guid stock. His 
father, honest man, was ane o' the Lord's ain, al- 
though he didna mak* sic a stan' as, may be, he 
ought to hae dune ; and gin his mither has been 
jist raither saft wi* him, and gi*en him ower Ian;; 
a tether, he '11 come a' richt afore lang, for ho *s 
worth luikin efter." 

** I dinna richtly nnnerstan* ye, Thamas.*' 

'* I dinna think the Liord *11 tyno the grip o* his 
father's son. He's no convertit yet, but he 's weal 
worth convcrtin*, for there 's guid stuff in him.** 

Thomas did not consider how his common 
sense was running away with his theology. Bat 
Macwha was not the man to bring him to hook 



ALEC FOKBES OK IIOWGLKS. 



itarr. Ilii only rcplj 1»J in iho c«relcM 
■ M of liii pit 



" He ju)( WDDll what je wunl, Gcur^ Mno 

"'Wl)at'sihai,ThamaiF"a*ked GcontCi '^i'li 
a grim Bitonpl at a amilc, u if to uj : "1 know 
whnt'a CQiaing, bat I 'm not Roing to mind il." 

"He jilt woDU to 1)0 weel ibakcn awer tlio 
nou' o' tho pit. lie maun smell tbe bmnstnnc 
o' iho cTerlaiiin' bnmin's. Ue'i naaeu' yer 
bair(L>, that ye can ileek wi' a iwcfp o' yer ai 
he's a blue wbonstanc that's hard to dress, 
BDei dressed, il bide> tlio weather boncie. I liko 
to workapo' hardataiie mjsBr. Nane o' jer«af[ 
frceMane, 'at yo eud cat wi' a k-nife, for mo I" 

■ ' Wecl, I daaruj yo 're riohl, Thainas. " 

" And, forbye, ibey lay he took a' his ain lickil 
chn said a word, and flow at tlie mniKtcr iinly 
whan lio was gaoin to lick the puir orpbim ianio 

" Ow '. ay. it 'i tbe same tjilc the; a' luIL I 
faae nae doobl it '■ correck." 

" Woei, InE him tak' il, than, an' be lliatikfii' ! 
Ibr it 't no more than was wcel waured (•/•enlj un 
bim." 

With these conclusive words, Tliomas dcpnrt- 
«d. Ho was no sooiiur ode of the sliop. tliun out 
ttarlcd, from behind the deal boards lliat iteod 
against the wall, Willie, the eldest hope of tlie 
bouse of Macwha, a dusky-akin ned, blnck-eycd, 
curly-lieaded, roguish-looking boy, Aloe Forbes'* 
companion and occasional accomplice. Ho was 
more mischierous than Alec, and sometinios led 
him into unforeseen scrnpee; but whenever nnv 
tiling cxtensivo bad lo be exGcnled, Alec was al- 
ways llie leader. 

" What are yo hidin' for, ye rascal ?'' said his 
fctbcr. ■'WhntmisehcefhaoyoUKneriei noo?" 

"Nacthing by ordlnar'," Vfat Willie 'scool re- 
ply. 

"What garred yo hide, than?" 

"Tain Cronn nerer tea ee upii' me, but lie 
iniscB's me, an' 1 dinna like to be mi»cu'd, uiiiir 
nor iihcr fuwk." 

"Ve get nae mair nor ye descrTe. I dtiolil." 
returned Geoi^. " Here, lak" iho chisel, mid 
cut that beadin' into len'lhs." 

"I'm gapin ower iho water to spcir cfler 
Alec," was the escnsalory rejoinder. 

*'Ay,BT! Poland paol What oils AUc noo!" 

" Mr. Malison '■ neorhan' killed liim. IIu 
haina been ai the ichnil this twa days." 

Willi iheso words Willie bolted from ihe ihiip. 
and set off at fall speed. The latter part uf his 
ilalemcnt wii* perfectly true. 

Tito day after the Agbt, Mr. Malison came to 
the school a* usual, but with Ills arm in a aliiig. 
To Annio'a diMnay, Atoo did nol make bis iip- 
peoronce. 

Il had of course been imjKMsible to conceal 
hi* corporal condition from hi* mother; and 
the heart of the widow m yearned orer the Buf- 
feting uf her son, though no confeaion of suffer- 
ing ewapcd Aloe's lips, thai she vow«d in anger 
that ho iliouldnerer cross the door of Ihnl school 
For three or four days >ho held immuv- 
•lilv tu her resululion, RiDch to Ake'aannornnce, 
and lu tlio constemsliun uf Mr. Mollaon. who 
fenrcd that he had nol only liiil a pniiil, but 
enemy. For Mr. Malison had every 
r being as smootb-fsced wiib llio pa- 
rent* a* he always wu: he had ulterior ln^iei 



2a 

was getting aia, 
a of the Church; 

s very desirable 
none bul friend* 

1 whatever to 



in Glamerton. The clcrgymi 
and Mr. Halison ivua a liccnti 
and nitbongh the peoplo hud 
tbu tilling of tlio pulpit, it ' 
ihnt a. candidate should bavi 
in ihe pariah. 

Mr. Malison mads no all 
ibo events of Monday, and things wenl oi 
usual in the tcbool, with Just ono except! 
for a whole week Ihe luwse did not mnko lis Hf- 
pcarancc This was owing in pan ai Iobsi lo 
the slate oDiis hand : bni if ho had over wished 
lo be freed from iho necessity of using the lush, 
ho might have derived liope from the fact that 
somehow or other Ihe boys were during this 
week UD worse than usual. I do not pretend to 
explain the fact, and beg leave to refer it lo 
occult melcorological influences. 

As soon us school wii* over on thai first dar 
of AJcc's absence, Annie darted off on ihu ruail 
to Howelen, wliero liu livi'il, mid never dropped 
into a walk till she rcucliod ihe garden gnio 
Fully conscious of llie inferiority of her position, 
she went lo the kitchen door, The door wo* 
opened to her knock before she hod recovered 
brcolh enough to speak. The sciTant, seeing a 
girl with a ^bby dresa, and a diriy bonnet from 
underneath which hang diurderly masses of hair 
— they would have gtiawd in the eye of the sun, 
but in the eye of tlia maid they looked only 
dnsky and diireputnhlu — for Annie was not ke|il 
m lidy on ihe iniercel of liar money as alie had 
been at the farm — the girl, 1 sny, seeing this, 
and finding besides, us aiie ihoughl, ihut Annie 
had noihinK lo say, took her for a beggar, and 

irning into the kitchen, brouglit her a piece 
uf ool-uike, the common dule lo ihe young men- 
dicanii of the time. Annio'a face flushed erim- 
son, but slio sold gently, having by Ibis lime 
got her runaway breath a little more under cuii- 

" Mo, I Ihank yc i 1 'm no a beggar. I only 

led to ken hoo Atec was llie day." 

Come ill," said ihc (:irl, anxious to make 

amends for her blunder, "and I '11 tell the 

misircss." 

Annio would gladly have objected, contenting 

ntelf wiih the maid's own accounl ; bul she 

felt ruther than andersloud that there would be 

ramethiiig undignified in refnoing lo face Alec's 

mother ; so she followed llie maid into the 

kitchen, and sal down on the edge of a wuoilen 

^hair, like ■ perching bird, till ahc thonld return. 

"rieiue,mEm, here *a a loiuie wnnlin' lo ken 

100 Maiiter Alec ia the day," said Mary, with 

lie handle of the pnrlur door in her hand. 

"That muat be little Annie Andciaon. mnm- 
na," said Alec, who was lying on the sofa very 
smforublc, considering what be had to lie 

It may he giiCMcd at once that tkoleh was 
i|uile discournccd at home. 
Alec had told hi* mother all about the affair ; 
id sonra of her fHonds from Glamerton, who 
likewise had sons at tlie school, hod cnllcil and 
their veraiuns of tlio itory, in whieh the 
<m of Alec DOS made mora of than in hi* 
ncoouni, Indeed, all hi* fiiltow-seboUn es- 
eept ihe yonng llrucea snng his praisea aloud; 
for, whalover llie degree of iheir nfteciinn for 
Alee, everv one of ihem haled the matter — a 
lenlblH tbouiibt tm Um, iCIm bad ban abb W 



1 
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94 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



appreciate it ; bat I do not beliere be bad any 
•ospicion of the fact that be was the centre of 
converging thoaghts of revengeful dislike. So 
the mother was proud of her boy — far pronder 
than she was willing for him to see : indeed she 
put on the gnise of the offended proprieties as 
much as she could in his presence, thus making 
Alec feel like a culprit in hers, which was more 
than she intended, or would have liked, could 
she have peeped into bis mind. So she could 
not help feeling some interest in Annie, and 
some cariosity to see her. She had known 
James Anderson, her fiithcr, and he had been 
her guest more than once when he had called 
upon business. Every body had liked him ; 
and this general approbation was owing to no 
lack of character, but to his genuine kindness of 
heart. So Mrs. Forbes was prejudiced in Annie's 
favor — ^but far more by her own recollections of 
the father, than by Iter son's representations of 
the daughter. 

** Tell her to come up, Mary," she said. 

So Annie, with all the disorganization of school 
about her, was shown, considerably to her dis- 
comfort, into Mrs. Forbes's dining-room. 

There was nothing remarkable in the ronm ; 
but to Annie's eyes it seemed magnificcn% tor 
carpet and curtains, sideboard and sofii, were 
luxuries altogetlicr strange to her eyef>. 'i^i she 
entered veiy timidly, and stood trembling: nnd 
pale — for she rarely blushed except when auprj- — 
close to the door. But Alec scrambled from the 
sofa, and taking hold of her by both hands, pull- 
ed her up to his mother. 

" There she is, mamma !" he said. 

And Mrs. Forbes, although her sense of the 
fitness of things was not gratified at seeing her 
son treat with such familiarity a girl so neglect- 
edly attired, yet received her kindly and shook 
hands with her. 

** How do you do, Annie ?" she said. 

" Quite well, I thank ye, mem," answered 
Annie, showing in her voice that she was over- 
awed by the grand lady, yet mistress enough of 
her manners not to forget a pretty modest cour- 
tesy OS she spoke. 

*' What 's gaein' on at the school the day, 
Annie ?" asked Alec. 

*'Naething by ordinar," answered Annie, the 
sweetness of her tones contrasting with the rough- 
ness of the dialect. '* The mnister 's a hantle 
quaieter than usual. I fancy he 's a' the better 
behaved for 's brunt fingers/ But, oh, Alec I*' 

And here the little maiden burst into a pas- 
sionate fit of crying. 

*• What's the matter, Annie?" said Mrs. For- 
es, as she drew her nearer, genuinely concerned 
at the child's tears. 

** Oh ! mem, ye didna see boo the maister 
lickit him, or ye wad hae grutten yerscl'." ! 

Tears from some mysterious source sprung to 
Mrs. Forbes's eyes. But at the moment Mary ' 
opened the door, and said — ' 

** ilere 's Maister Bruce, mem, wantin' to see ' 
ye." I 

** Tell him to walk up, Mary." I 

** Oh ! no, no, mem ; dinna lat him some till 
I 'm out o' this. He '11 tak' mc wi' him," cried 
Annie. 

Mary stood waiting the result. 

•* But you must go home, you know, Annie,** 
Mrs. Forbes, kindly. 



** Ay, but no wi* him,** pleaded Annie. 

From what Mrs. Forbes knew of the maanen 
and character of Bruce, she was not altogether 
surprised at Annie's reluctance. So, tomiog to 
the maid, she said — 

*' Have you told Mr. Bruce that Miaa Ander- 
son is here ?" 

'' Me tell him ! No, mem. What 'a hit busi- 
ness?" 

** Mary, you forget yourself." 

" Weel, mem, I canna bide him." 

*' Hold your tongue, Mary," said her mistrev, 
hardly able to restrain her own amnsement, **and 
take the child into my room till he is gone. Bat 
perhaps he knows you are here, Annie ?** 

* * He canna ken that, mem. He jomps at thinp 
whiles, though, sharp eneuch." 

" Well, well ! We shall see." 

So Mary led Annie away to the aanctuary of 
Mrs. Forbes's bed-room. 

But the Bruce was not upon Annie's track at 
all. His visit wants a few words of explanation. 

Bruce's father had been a faithful aerraot to 
Mr. Forbes's father, who held the same farm be- 
fore his son, both having been what are called 
gentlemen-farmers. The younger Brace, being 
anxious to set up a shop, had, for hia father's 
sake, been assisted with money by the elder 
Forbes. This money he had repaid before the 
death of the old man, who had never asked any 
interest for it. More than a few years had not 
poised, before Brnce, who had a wonderful ca- 
pacity for petty business, was known to have 
accumulated some savings in the bank. Now the 
younger Forbes, being considerably more enter- 
prising than his father, had spent all his capital 
upon improvements — draining, fencing, and »uch 
like — when a younger brother, to whom he was 
greatly attached, applied to him for help in an 
emergency, and he had nothing of his own with- 
in his reach wherewith to aid him. In this diffi- 
culty ho bethought him of Bruce, to borrow from 
whom would not involve the exposure of tliefact 
that he was in any embarrassment, however 
temporary — an exposure very undesirable in a 
country town like Glamerton. 

After a thorough investigation of the solvency 
of Mr. Forbes, and a proper delay for coiisidera- 
tion besides, Bruce supplied him with a hundred 
pounds upon personal bond, at the usual rate of 
interest, for a certain term of years. Mr. Forbes 
died soon after, leaving his affairs in some em- 
barrassment in consequence of his outlny. Mrs. 
Forbes had paid the interest of the di-bt luiw 
for two years ; but, as the rent of the fann vin% 
heavy, she found this additional trifle a burden. 
She had good reason, however, to hope for better 
times, as the farm must soon increase its yield. 
Mr. Bruce, on his part, regarded the widow with 
somewhat jealous eyes, because ho very much 
doubted whether, when the day arrived, she 
would be able to pay him the money she owed 
him. That day was, however, not just at hand. 
It was this diversion of his resources, and not 
the moral necessity for a nest-egg, as ho had 
represented the case to Margaret Anderson, 
which had urgea him to show hospitality to An* 
nie Anderson and her little fortune. 

So neither was it nnxicty for the welfare of 
Alec that induced liim to call on Mrs. Forbea. 
IndocHl, if Malison had killed him outright, he 
would have been rather pleased than otherwise. 



ALEC FOBBES OF UOWULEN. 



SS 



Bat he wm in tho babic of reminding iho vridoir 
of his exiitenco by &n occnsiuD&l call, csiieciallf 
when the lima ipproBchcd for iho hnlf-TeBrly 
pHjment of the inumt. And now the repoii of 
Alec's condition garo him a ■uiinblfl pretext for 
looking in upon his debtor, iriihoiit, ni he 
Ilioughl, Appcnring too grcody afcar hi* money. 

" WocI, mem, hoo are tc the da; ?" wid be, 
u bo entered, rubbing hia bondi. 

" Quite H-ell, Ibaok you, Mr. Bruce. Tske a 

'• An' hoo '» Mr. Alec 7" 

" Thoro be ii to ftiuwcr for hinuelf," uiJ Mn. 
Forbes, looking tovrnrd ibo Bofn. 

" Hoo are yc, Mr. Alec, efur a,' lliia?" snid 
BmGc, turning toward him. 

" Quito wall, thank you," answered Aloe in a 
(one that did not allogelhcr please eiihcr oflhu 
listencn. 

" I ihocht ye hnd been raiihor «ttir, sir," ro- 
turned Bniee, in nn acid tone. 

" t 'rognEHwnleortwo, ibat 't all, " mid Aloe. 

" Weel, [ hoop it 'II bo ft le*«jn to ye." 

"To Mr. Malison, yon should Imvo uui), Mr. 
Bmee. I am perfectly aatisliod, fur my part." ■ 

llii mother was aurpriacd to hear bim spcnk 
like a grovrn man, u well as nnnined at his bc- 
hsTiuT to Bruce, to wboio power the funmd tiley 
mi^ht one day And tbemselres lo their coit. Uut 
(he taid nothing. Br ucf, likewise, wmraibernoii 
plusacd. tie grinned a smile ntid was silcnL 

" 1 hear jou hare taken James Andcnon'a 
daughter into yonr family now, Mr. Bruce." 

" Ow, By, mom. Tbere was nobody to luik 
cfterlhe bit lassie; sae, though I cud but ill aRbord 
U, wi'myain sma' ruimllycomin'np, I wasjintin 
a mninncr obleei^d lo tak' her, Joamcs Andenun 
bein' a cousin o' my ain, vc ken, mem." 

" Well, I am sure It wis ver.- kind of yon and 
Hn. Brnce. How docs the child cet on 1" 

"Middlin', mem, middiin'. Khe 's jiii some 
ill for lakin' ap wi' loons." 

Here he glanced at Alec, with nn exprrsiion of 
•aecessful spite. He certainly hod tlic best of It 

AWwasonlhopointofexcIoiming "Tlial 'a a 
lie," but ho hod prudence enough la rrtlrain bim- 
■slf. percciringthaKhecontradiciion would have 
• better chance witli hia motlier if ho delayed iia 
Mtterniicfl till after the departure of Bruce. Si>, 
neantimc, tin inbjecl was not pursnod. A liitia 
detallan eonrcrsalioit fotiowod, and the visitor 
■lapnried. with a laugh from between his loeih as 
he tiMik leHTo of Aloe, which 1 ciin only dcscriho 
M enibadying an / laid y« so surl of tolisrac- 
lion. 

Almost Bs soon as be wiu ont ofihe hnnse, 
the iMirlur-door opened, and Mary brongbi in 
Aniiiu. Mrs. Focbes'scyca were inalautly fixed 
on her with mild astonish men t, and nooii'thing 
Of a mother's tondemcM awnkQ in lier hentt tii. 
wnrd the litile roaid-child, Wbnt would •be 
not hnvo given fur siieh a daughter; Diinni; 
fintee't call, Marr hnd licen bnay with the rhild. 
tjlte hnd combed and braibed licr thick hmivn 
hair, and, taken with lu exeieillnit beauty, had 
ventured «n a slroka of oriEinalflv no ono would 
have cKpcctiHl of her : she hnd 'left U hanging 
on lier shoalders. Any ono wnulil ihink 
nn improjirleiy impoislblB lo • Kpoieli wom- 
an. But Uirn abe bmi liren Ixindlinu llio bnlr. 
Md coDiaet with aay thiol alien w mwhoMAi 



theories about it. If Mary had found itsc, 
stead of making it so, abe would bare saiil it 
was "no dacent." But the hair gave her in 
own theory before she had done with it, a ' 
tills was tbc rciiilt. Khe had also washed li 
face anil hands nnd neck, made ibe Is^t a 
could of her poor, dingy dress, and jiut one 
her own Sunday collars upon her. 

Annie had aubmiited to it all without ques- 
tion; and thus adorned, Haiy inlroiluccd ber 
again lo ibe dining-room. Before Mrs. Forbes 
had lime id discover that she was shocked, she 
was captivated by the pale, patient face, and tl . 
longing blue eyc^ thnt looked at bor as if the 
child felt thai she ought to have been her moth- 
er, but somehow They had missed each ollior. 
Tbcy gnicd out of the shadows of llic mnss of 
dark brown wary hair that fell to her waist, nnd 
ihero was no more any need fur Alec to contra- 
dict Brace's calumny. But Mra. Forbes was 
speedily recalled to a sense of propricly by ob- 
serving ihnt Alec too was staring at Annie with 
a mingling of nniusoment, ntlmirniion, and re-; 

"What have you been about. Mary?" ibo 
said, in a lone of ni(em|>ied reproof. "You 
bare made n perfect fright of the child. Take 

When Annie wns onco more brought back, 
with lier hair restored In iis nel, kilcnl tears 
' of monillcntion were still flowing down her 
cheeks. When Annie cried, the tears olivays 
riHO nnd flowed without any sound or eon- 
' vulsion. Ratcly did she sub even. Tliis 
I coni)detod Iho conquest of Mrs. Forbcs's boarl. 
I She drew the little ono to her, and kissed her, 
and Annie't tears initanily ceased to itne, while 
! Mrs. Forbes wiped atray ihose siill lingering on 
her face. Mniy then went lo get the ten. and 
Mm. ForbeB having left Iho room for n momcni 
to recover ilint self.posBcniun, the loss of uhicli 
is (icciiliarlv objectionable to a Scotch woman, 
Annie waa icfi aeaied on a fbolslool lieforo the 
bright (ire, the shadows from which were now 
dancing about the darkening room, nnd Alec 
lay on llio sofa looking bi her. There was no 
great ocension for his lying on the aufu, but hia 
mother desired it, and Alec liod at present no 
]>artli-ubir objection. 

"I wadna like lu be grfln'fuwk,"mnsGd An- 
nie aloud, furgcliing that she was not alono. 
" Wo 're no grim' fowk, Annie," said Alec. 
" Ay am vc," returned Annie, [crsistonily, 
*■ Wnel, What for wadna J-a like it P" 
"Ye maun Iw nyo feared forhlaudin'tbings." 
"Mammn wtid tell yo n different story," re- 
joined Alee, laui-hins. " Tlicro 's nocihing ttora 
to blaud (ipoil)." 

Mrs, Forbes returned. Tea wa* brought in. 
Annie comported herself like a huly, and, after 
lea. mn borne with minglsd feelings of pliBsnn 
nnd pain. For, notwiiluunndlnK ber aneriion 
ihni sha would nnl like lo he " gran' fowk," Iha 
kiichnn Hre, small and dull, the smelllag sba[^ 
and her own dreary garret-room, did out aeem 
ible from her pcen into the warmth 
nniienmfon of the housont Howglcn. 

Qneaiitmed n* to what hnd delnyod her retom 

from school, sbo lo!.^ ihe trnth i ihai she bad 

ik nflcr Alee Forlims and that they had 




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said Bruco trinniphantly. Then stung with the 
reflection that he had not been asked to stay to 
tea, he added : *' It *8 no for the likes o* yon, 
Annie, to gang to gentlefowks' hooses, roakin* 
free wbaur ye *re no wantit. Sao dinna hit me 
hear the like again." 

Bat it was wonderful how Brace*s influence 
OTer Annie, an inflnence of distress, was grow- 
ing frradnally weaker. He could make her un- 
comfortable enough; but as to his opinion of 
her, she had almost reached the point of not 
caring a straw for that. And she had faith 
enough in Alec to hope that he would defend her 
from whatever Bruco might hare said against 
her. 

Whether Mary had been talking in the town, 
as is not improbable, about little Annie Ander- 
son's Tisit to her mistress, and so the story of the 
hair came to bo known, or not, I can not tell ; 
but it was a notable coincidence that a few days 
after, Mrs. Bruce came to the back door, with a 
great pair pf shears in her hand, and calling An- 
nie, said : 

"Here, Annie! Yer hair's ower Inng. I 
maun jist clip it It 's gicin ye sair ecn." 

"There *s naething the maitter wi* my eon," 
said Annie gently. 

"Dinna answer back. Sit dt>on/* returned 
Mrs. Bruce, leading licr into the kitelien. 

Annie cared very little for her huir, and well 
enough remembered that Mrs. Forties had said it 
made a fright of her; so it was with no great re- 
Inctanco that siic submitted to the o|)cration. 
Mrs. Bruce chopped it short off" all round. As, 
however, this permitted what there was of it to 
fall about her face, there being too little to con- 
fine in the usual prison of the net, her appear- 
ance did not bear such marks of deprivation, or, 
in otiier and Scotch words, "she didna luik sac 
dock it,*' as might have been ex|x;ctcU. 

Hor wavy locks of rich brown were borne 
that night, by the careful hand of Mrs. Bruce, to 
Bob Guddle, the barber. Nor was the hand 
less (careful that brought back their equivalent 
in money. With a smile to her husband, half 
loving and half cunning, Mrs. Bruce dropped 
the amount into the till. 



CHAPTER XV. 



ALTnoroii Alec Forbes was not a boy of quick 
receptivity as far as books were concerned, and 
therefore was no favorite with Mr. Malison, lie 
was not by any means a common or a stupiil 
bov. His ou*n eves could teach him more than 
books could, for he hud a very quick ob.s«ir\'at ion 
of things about him, both in what is commonly 
called nature and in humanitv. He knew nil 
the birds, all their habits, and all their c^p(. 
Not a boy in Glamerton could find a nt^t quirk- 
or than he, or when found treated it with ftucli re- 
spect. For he never took young l>\uU^ and kcU 
dom more than half of the eggs. Indeed ho was 
rather an uncommon boy, havmg, along with 
more than the usual amount of nctivitvevcn for 
a boy, a tenderness of heart altogether rare in 
boys. He was as familiar with the domeiitic an- 
imals and their ways of feeling nnd nv.une ah An- 
nie herself. Any thins: like crnolry h** dfto^ted ; 
and yet, at occasion will show, ho could execute 



stem justice. With the world of men 
liim he was equally convenant. He knew the 
characters of the simple people wonderfoOy 
well ; and took to Thomas Crann more then to 
any one else, notwithstanding that Tbomv 
would read him a long lecture aonietimes. To 
these lectures Alec would listen ■erlooalj enoogfa, 
believing Thomas to be right ; though he coeU 
never make up his mind to give any aflter nttes* 
tion to what he required of him. 

The first time Alec met Thomaa nfiter the af* 
fair with the dominie, wos on the dnj before he 
was to go back to school ; for hia mother had 
yielded at lost to his entreatiea. Thomaa vm 
building an addition to a water miU on the l«—fc« 
of the Glamour not far from where Alee lived, 
and Alec had strolled along thither to aee bow 
the structure was going on. Ho expected a 
sharp rebuke for his behavior to Mr. ^*ltif ^ 
but somehow ho was not afraid of Thomaa^ and 
was resolved to faco it out. The firat wotdi 
Thomas uttered, however, were : 

"Wecl, Alec, can ye tell me what waa the 
name o' King Dawvid's mither ?'* 
* '* I can notj Thonms," answered Alec. *•* WhaS 
was it?'' 

" Fin' ye that oot. Turn ower yer bible. Hal 
ye been back to the school yet ?" 

" Na I 'm gaein the morn." 

" Yo 're no gaein to strive wi' the maiater afoia 
nicht, arc ye ?" 

"I dinna ken," answered Alec. *'MaT he 
he'll strive wi'me. — But ye ken, Thomas^*** he 
continucHl, defending himself from what he sap- 
posed Thomas was thinking, "Kin{» Dawrid 
himsel' killed the giant" 

" Ow ! ny ; n' richt. I 'm no referrin' to that. 
Mny be ye did vcrra richt. But tak' care. Alec — " 
here Thomas paused from his work, nnd tmn- 
ing toward the boy with a trowel full of mor- 
tar in his hand, spoke very slowly and aolemnly 
— " talk* ye care that ye beir no malice ngainsi 
the maister. Justice itsel', dune fur the f«ke o* 
a private grudge, will bunec back npo* the doer. 
I hae little doobt the maistcr 'II Iks the better 
for 't; but gin ye be the waur, it'll bo an ill job^ 
Alec, my man." 

" I hae no ill-will at him, Thomas." 

" Wecl, jist watch yer ain hert, and bcwaar 
ye o' that. I wad coonsel ye to try and p?eaae 
him a grainie mair nor ordinar'. 'it 'a no that 
easy to the carnal man, but ye ken wo ought to 
crucify the auld man, wi' his afiections and Inata." 

" Weel, I '11 try," raid Alec, to whom it waa 
not nearly so difficult as Thomas imagined. His 
uian apparently was not very old yet. 

And he did try; and the master seemed to 
af>preciate his endeavors, and to accept Ihcm as 
n iictice^iffering, thus showing that ho really was 
tliu licttcr for the punishment he had received. 

It would bo great injustice to Mr. Maliaon to 
judge him by the feeling of the present day. It 
was the custom of the time and of the country to 
use the tiiwt>e unsparingly ; for law having bef*n, 
and still, in a ^roHt measure, being, the higheat 
idea generated of the divine by the ordlnniy 
Scotch mind, it must be supported, at all risks 
even, by means of the leather strap. In the 
hands of a wise and even-tempered man, no 
harm could result from the use of thia inatm- 
ment of justice ; but in the hands of a fierce- 
tempered, and therefore changeable man, oC 



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fmnll moral sialaic, tnd tiabls lo [mjuilice* nnd 
ofioDK. It bccnme tbe mean* of uaapeBkable in. 
JQiy ID [hou nndat his euro ; not the leut of 
whicli wo* the pcxilacliuti, in duliualB natures, of 
doabt and liciiuncv, tomeiiuiGS (IccpeDing into 
cowurJicc oDil lying. 

Mr. Mulison had notliiog of tho childlike in 
himwlf, Dntl (lonscqaently never mw the mind 
of ilia child whose p«non he was KiMilinF; with 
a battery of excraciatinf; blows. A unm unght 
to be ab'lo to endure grief BUflcTinK nrungfuU;, 
and be none tho worso ; but who daret demand 
thai of a child? Well it isfor >Dch miutcn that 
even they nre judged by the heart of a fnthur, 
■nd not bj the law of a kia^ that wonl of all 
the flctioni dF an ignorant and lovt theology. 
And if they iniut receiro pnniihroenl, nt leiul it 
vrJll not be the heartlcn paniihment which ihcy 
infiicled on the boys and cirlj under their law. 

Annie b^gan to ba regarded lu n jiivtSjt of 
Alee Porbci, nnd aa Aloe wat n favoritu with 
no«t of hia «eliool-fellowa, ani wna feared wlioro 
he nu not loved, eren her caiuiiiu becun to lank 
tipon her nith aomething like reapect, and mii- 
Igato ihiir pertwuliona. But ahe did not there- 
fore bccoma much more raconcilod lo her posi- 
tion; for the habits and i;ii)U>rn* of her horn: 
were diatastofut lo her, and iti whole atmosphere 
nil (Congenial. Nor conhl it bars been oihcrwi^ 
in any bouse where the entire anxiety wa>, lir«I, 
10 make monuy, and next, not lo spend Ic. The 
headi did not in the'leaiit know that ther ware 
unkind Id hor. On the contrary, Brueo IhoiTght 
bimsetf a paturn of gon^rowtj, if he gave hor a 
acrnp of string ; and Hn. Bruce, when ahe said 
to inqniring goisips, "Tho bairn's like iihcr 
bairns — she 's weel enench,'' ihnnght herself a 

Ktem oE JQStiee or evon ai forbtsoranca. But 
h were jealous of her, hi reli-ion tu their oiin 
children ; and when Mrs. Forbe< xjnt for her one 
Saturday, soon afler her fltw vi^t, they hardly 
eoncculod their annoyance at the preference 
ahnwn her by one who was under such great 
Obliealion to the parents oF other children erery 
way superior to her whose Tory prcsenee soniB- 
how or other made them uncumfurtable. 






CHAITEK XVI. 
drew on — a scaaon ns diSurent 
iLir in those nartbem latitudes ns 
bolonjnid to another solar system. Cold 
and stormy, it \i yet full uf dalight for all be- 
ing! that can either romp, slnop, or think it 
llirauglL Unt alas for tho old and sickly, in 
{KHir humei, with scanty food and flrinii I Lltlle 
children su(F.t loo, (hough the gift of forgelful- 
ne-f don for them what the gift of fuitU doc* 
for their paronia — helps thom over many trou- 
bles, besides tingling Angers and stony feet. 
There would be many iracks of thiiM small feet 
in the mnrnlng snow, loading away across the 
fro<h-fullan cloads fmm tlie houso anil cottage 
door>; for the bnrhariiy nt tnormini.triia^, t\ttX 
la, an hour and n half of dreary lewm* bofuro 
bronkfAit. waa in full operation at Glamortim. 

'Fbs ivlnter came. One morning all iha 
children awoke, and inw a whlM world annind 
Ihem. Aler jiimifd onl nf b"<l in delii-lit. It 



fallen all night, with iu own titenee, and nc 
wind hud inierfered with the gracious allgiiiiiit 
of the feathery water. Erery branch, every twig, 
was Udsn with iu sparkling burden of down- 
Bickered Hakes, and throw long lo>'cly shadows 
on the smooth fcalnrcleM dande below. Awav, 
away, strclcbod the outsproad glory, iho tin!y 
darkness in it being tho line of tbe winding riv- 
er. All the snow thnt full on it vanished, as 
death and hell ahall one day vanish in the fire 
of God. It flowed on, black through iia banks 
of while. Away again stretched the shine lo tbe 
town, where every roof had the sheet that was 
let down from heaven spread over it, nnd the 
iiroow iny a foot deep in yet unsullied snow, 
soon, like llie story of the ages, lo be trampled, 
•iiilod, wroneht, and driven wiih human feet, 
Lll, It lusi, God'a strong san would wipe it all 
away. 

From the door opening Into this fuiry-lnnd 
Alec sprung into Iho unlrodden space, aa into a 
now America. He hnd discovered a world, wilh- 



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Tlic 



keen nir made him happy ; and tbe face of nnlure, 
looking B.i peaceful ns the face of a dead man 
dreaming of heavon, wrought in bim juhiliition 
nnd leaping. Ho was nt the school door before 
a human being had opfourcd in the stn^eU of 
GInmerton. Its dwellers nil lay still under ihoM 
tlicels of snow, whieb seemed lo bold ihcm asleep 
in its cold enchantment. 

Before any of his lullows msdo their appcaN 
ance, he had kneaded and piled a great heap of 
•nowbnlU, and stood by his pyramid, prepared 
forihsofTcnsivi;. Ho alincked the fintt that came, 
and soon thcro was a troop of boys |iclting nwsy 
nt him. But wilh his store of halls at his (bol, 
lie was able lo pny pretty fairly for what lie ro- 
ocivod : till that being exhausted, be was forced 
10 yield the nneqnal combat. By-and-by the 
little ones gathered, wilh Annie among tlicm ; 
hut llicy kept aloof, for fear of tho flying balls, 
for ihe boys had divided into two equal parties, 
nnd wero pelting awny at each other. At length 
ihc woman who had charge of the school-room, 
having llnished lighting tbe fire, opened tho door, 
and Annie, who was very cold, made a run for 
it, daring a lull in the fury of the battle. 

"Siu|i," cried Alec; and tho balling ceased, 
that Annie, followcdiiy n few others, might pais 
in safety ihrongh the midst of the combatants. 
One hi>y, however.jnst as Annie was entering, 
thnjw a ball ader lirr. He missed her, iHit A1ce 
dkl not miss him ; fur scareciv was the bell out 
of bis hand, when he roccivcd another, right be- 
tween his eyes. Over be went, amidst a ibont 
oTiinllarnrlion. 

When The master Rppearod at the (op of Ihci 
lane, the fiRbl came tu a close; nnd as ho enter- 
ed the sthoul, the group round the Are broke up 
and disiiorscd. Alec, having entered dose b^ 
bind tbe master, overlook Annie as sh« went to 
her seal, for ha had obaerved, as she ran Into tho 
school, that sha was lame— indeed limping con- 
sidornlily. 

" What '* the maliier wi' ye, Annlo ?" he said. 
" What Ktm ye birulc f ' 

■' Juno hliot me, ' answered Annie. 

Verra wevi I' ruinmod Aloe, in n (one 



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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



excitement gndtudly arose, like the firet motions 
of a Mrhirlpool at the tarn of the tide. The mas- 
ter became aware of more than the usual flitting 
to and fro among the boys, just like the coming 
and going which preludes the swarming of bees. 
But as he had little or no constructive power, he 
never saw beyond the symptoms. They were to 
him mere isolated facts, signifying present dis- 
order. 

** John Morison, go to your seat,*' be cried. 

John went. 

'* Robert Rennic, go to your seat." 

Robert went. And this continued till, six having 
been thus passed by, and a seventh appearing 
three forms from his own, the master, who seldom 
stood it so long, could stand it no longer. The 
toy was thrown, and a Uckmg followcKl, making 
matters a little better from the master's point of 
view. 

Now I will try to give, from the scholars* side, 
a peep of what passed. 

As soon as he was fairly seated. Alec said in a 
low voice across the double desk to one of the 
boys opposite, calling him by his nickname, 

** I say, Divot, do ye ken Juno ?*' 

** May be no !" answered Divot. '* But gin I 
dinna, my left leg dis.** 

**I thocht ye kent the shape o* her teeth, 
man. Jist gie Scrumpie there a dig i* the ribs.*' 

"What are ye efter, Divot? I '11 gie ye a 
cloot o' ihc lug, * growled Scrumpie. 

** Iloot man ! The General wants ye." 

The Central was Alec's nicknrme. 

** What is *t, General?" 

*' Dove ken Juno?" 

** Hang the bitch ! I ken her ower weel. She 
took her denncr aff o' ane o* my hips, ac day lost 
year." 

'* Jist creep ower to Cadger there, and spcir 
gin ho kens Juno. May bo he 's forgotten her.'* 

Cadger's reply was interrupted by the inter- 
ference of the master, but a pantomimic gesture 
conveyed to the General sufficient assurance of 
the retentiveness of Cadger's memory in regard 
to Juno and her favors. Such messages and re- 
plies, notwithstanding more than one licking, 
kept passing the whole of the morning. 

Now Juno was an animal of the dog kind, be- 
longing to Robert Bruce. She had the nose and 
the legs of a bull-dog, but was not by ony means 
thorough-bred, and her behavior was worse than 
her breed. She was a great favorite with her 
master, who ostensibly kept her chained in his 
back yard for the protection of his house and 
property. But she was not by any means p()i)n- 
lar with the rising generation. For she was 
given to biting, with or without provocation, and 
every now and then she got loose — upon sundry 
of which occasions she had bitten bovs. Cora- 
plaint had been made to her owner, but without 
avail ; for ho only profcsse<l great concern, and 
promised she should not get loose again, which 
promise had been repeatedly bn>ken. Various 
TOWS of vengeance had been made and forgotten. 
But now Alec Forbes had taken up the cause of 
hnmanity and justice; for the brute had biticn 
Annie, and the could have given.no pn*vocation. 

It was soon understood throughout the school 
tliat war was to be mnde u(>on Juno, and that 
every able-bodied l)oy must l»«» xvtxiiy when called 
out bv the General. Tlic minuro th<*v wen* dis- 
missed, which, at this season of the year, took 



place at three o'clock, no intern] being g^foi for 
dinner, because there was hardly any 
the boys gathered in a knot at the door. 

'* What are ye gaeio* to do, General f ** 
one. 

*' Kill her,** answered Alec. 

"What way?** 

'* Stane her to death, loons, like the i»**n ^ 
brak the Sabbath.** 

** Broken banes for broken skina — eh ? Ay!" 

" The damned ill-fanred bmte, to bite Aimie 
Anderson !*' 

** But there *s nae stanes to be gotten f tbe 
snaw, General,** said Cadger. 

** Ye gomeril ! Ye *11 get mair stanes nor ye 1 
carry, I doobt, up o* the side o' the toU-rosd 
yonner. Naething like road-metal !** 

A confused chorus of suggestions and «r»i»u^ mi- 
tions now arose, in the midst of which WlUie 
Macwha, whose cognomen was Corlj-pow, eame 
up. He was not often the last in a conspiracy. 
His arrival had for the moment a sedatire eft^ 

** Here 's Curly ! Hero *s Curlj !" 

<< Weel, is *t a* settled r asked he. 

*' She 's condemned, but no execute yet,** sidd 
Gmmpie. 

'* Hoo are we to win at her ?'* asked Cadger. 

*' That *s jist the pint,** said Divot. 

'* We canna weil kill her in her ain yard,** 
suggested Houghie. 

** No. We maun hide our time, an* tak* her 
when she 's oot aboot,'* said the General. 

**But wha 's to ken that? an' hoo arc we to 
gather?" asked Cadger, who seemed both of a 
practical and a despondent turn of mind. 

*'Noo,jist baud yer tongues, an* hearken to 
me," said Alec. 

The excited assembly was instant]y«silenf. 

"The first thing," began Alec, "is to store 
plenty o' ammunition.*' 

" Ay, ay, General.*' 

*' Hand yer tongues. — Whnur had we bast stow 
the stanes, Curly ?'* 

" In oor yard. They Ml never bo noticcid there.** 




the ootluik for ye. An', I say. Curly, docsna 
your riggiu-stane owerluik the maist o* the toon ?** 

"Ay, General.** 

" Ye can see our hoosc frae *t — canna vo ?*' 

"Ay.** 

" Weel, ye jist buy a twa threo Uuo lichts. 
Hae ye ony bawbees ?*' 

" Deil ane. General.** 

" Hue than, there 's fewer, an' a bawbee fiir 
expenses o* the war." 

** Thonk ye, General." 

** Ye hoc an auld gun, haena' ye ?** 

" Ay have I ; but she *s nearhan' the rivin'.'* 

" Load her to the mou', and lat her rive. Wr 11 
may be hear 't. But baud weel oot ower fine her. 
Ye can lay a train, ye ken." 

"Is* tak* care o''that, General." 

" Scrumpie, ye bideno that farfrae the draigon*s 

den. Yc jist keep yer ee — nae the crookit ane 

upo' her ootgoins an' Incomins ; or raither, yclnik 
eher her comin oot, an' we '11 a' luik efter ber 
gaein in again. Jist mak a regiment o* yer ain to 
watch her, and bring ye word o* her proceedins. 
Ye can easy luik roun thenenk o' the back-yett, 
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ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



FOpyherluwso i' (lie yarj, bu BlTwi' je to Willio 
^CacwhL Syne. CuHj,yoflrojerguD,«nd bum 
r~tha blao licbis o Ihc tap o'iba boow; andgin I 
teo orboarthmignftl, I'llbo owetio Miron min- 
ntcann' a balf, IlkaaDeo'yc'>lhmn,iii&unluik 
cficrlhoDBUt; and >ae we 'llH'geLberatCurl/'i. 
Fcis yor bogs for ihe buiics, Ibem 'at hat hags." 

" But gin ye dioaa wo or huar, for it's a Ung 
road, Goneral ?" inierpoMd Cadger. 

" Gin I m no at yonr yard, Carlj, in »tirea 
minuwa an' a half, ion' Linkum eCtcr me. He 'a 
tbo only ane o' ye 'aC tmn rin. Ic '< n' that he can 
do, but be doej ''t wecl. — Wban Juns 't unce oat, 
ibo 'a no in a bnrry in again." 

The buyt Kparaled and went homo in a state 
of oxciiomeni, which probably, however, intcr- 
kmi very lililo with their appeiitea, seeing it was 
modorAtcd in iho mcantimo by the need and an- 
ticiparion uf their dinnera. 

The aun aot now between two and throe o'clock, 
and thera were long forcnighu to fsTor the plot. 
Perhap* their hatred uf tbo dog would not liaTO 
driven them to inch extremu meniunM, even al- 
though she hod bitten Annio Anderson, bad her 
mnster been a farorile, or even generally rcipecl- 
cJ. Bat Aloe know well enough that ilio toirns- 
fulk were not likely to lympalhiie wiili Bruce cm 
tho ill-treatment of bin cur. 

When the dinner and the blaiing fire bad lilt- 
ed him so full of comfort that he was onca more 
ready lu encounter the cold. Alec could >tny in 
the hoDso no longer. 

" Where are you going. Alec ?" siiid bis molh- 



" What cuQ you want in tlio garden — full of 

" It's jusl the snow 1 want, inammo. It won't 

And, in audthor moment, be was nnder the 
clear bine niglit~ heaven, with the keen frosty air 
blowing on hi> warm cheek, buay with a wheel- 
barrow and a spade, sIicIdr and iboveling in the 
snonr. He was building a hut of it, after the 
fibibion of tlus Etquimaux hut, with a very thick 
circular wall, which beRan to lean toward its 

ho had pitched at the r<ot of a Sng-iuilTnn tlie 
green— Jcwa would be luo grand n word fur Ilie 
hundred square feel in front of I lii mother's liuuse, 
ihongli the grass which lay beneath tho snowr 
CBr|>cl was very green and lovely Rrau. amoolh 
enough fur any lawn. In summer Alec hail i]uile 
revelled in ils ereenocss and softness, as be lay on 
It rsadingthu '' Arabian Nights" and tho Etlriek 
Shepherd's stories: now It was ■■wliit« with the 
whitcneH of what is dead ;" fur is not tlie 
MOW Jnst dead water ? The flag-atafT lie had gut 
George Macwha to ei«ctfor Mm, at a very small 
OQilny ; and be bad bimself lilted it wiili shroudi 
and a cross-yard and signal halUarda ; for he 
had always a fnncy for the sea, and boats, and 
rigging of all wrta. And he had a great rod flag, 
loo, which ho asod lo hoist on special occasions — 
(in market-days and such like ; and often besiilta 
when agoodwindblcw. And very grand il look- 
ed, n< it floated in the tide uf the wind. 

Qfien he pansed in hi* work, and inmcd — and 
onenor without raising himself he glanceil toward 
the town ; but no lignal burned from the ridge 
ofCurly's house, and he went on with hit labor. 
When Mllctl in to lea, be pn aluDC wistful huk 



townward, but sow no liga. Out again he went, 
bat no blue fire rejoiced him that night nith the 
news that Jano was rangiHE ihc streets ; and he 
was forced to go to bed at last, and take refuge 
fmtn hta digappointment iu alcep. 

Thcnexlday hoslrictlyquetiioncdnllhis oA- 
een as lo the manner in which tbey had fulBlled 
their duty, andfuund iiojust causa of eonplaini. 

"In fulure," he said to Carly, with the im- 
poctunco of one who had the affairs of hoys and 
dogs upon his brain — so that his style roK into 
English — " in fotatc. Curly, you may alvmyn 
know I am at home when yon see the ted ling 
flytn;: from niy flag^tntT." 
' ■■ That's o' smn' service, Genernt, i' the lang 
forcnichts. A body cnnna see ftecly so far." 

"BntLinktim wBdBeo'lfleein',langorhe«an 
lo ibeyelt <,fWr)" 

•' It wnd lleo nno mnir nor a deid denke, i' 
this weather. It wndbefrownn9Sliff''snbuird." 

'■Ye gunk I Do ye think fuwk wash ilieir lings 
afore tbey hing tbein ooi, like anrks or aliecu? 
DJnnn ye be ower elever, Curly, my man," 

WhoronpAii Curly shnt tip. 

"What are yon in such a stole aboni, Alec?" 
asked hix moibcr. 

" Nothing veiy particnlor, mamma, " answered 
Alee, ashamed of his want of self'Command. 

"You've looked out at the window twenij 
limes in the lost half hour," she penisicd. 

"Curly promised to hnm n blue lighl, and v 
wanted to sec if I could see it." 

Susjiecting more, his motlier was forced to br 
content with this answer. 

But that night also passed •rithout si^lil W 
sound. Junokcptsareinberhnrrel, little think- 
ing of the machinations against her in the n ide 
snaw-covcrod country around. Alec tini*lied The 
ICaqiilmnux hot, and tl>c snow falling nil nlghi, 
the hut looked the next morning as ifit hod been 
there all winter. As it seemed likclv that n Iutiu 
spell of white weallier hod set in. Alee resolved 
to extend his original plan, and carry a lone 
snow passage, or covered vault, from the latllue 
window of a small closet, alninsl on a level with 
the gronnd, lo this retreat by the flag-atalT. lie 
was hard at work in the execution of this priiject, 
on the third night, or tmtlier late afternoon: thej- 
called it/ortHiyht there. 



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CHAITEH XVn. 

n that 



jr the Ic 



, mem, ai 
" said Uanr to her mistrcx, as in passing 
fehe peegied ont ofiho window, the blind ofwhich 
Alec had drawn up behind the curtain. 
"Wlmti.it, Maryr' 

cnnna bo the n>ry-borie«, atAtocea'stbeni. It'* 
owor blue.— It 's oot. — II 's in again. — It's no 
canny. — And, preierresa'! il'icrnckin'nswocl." 
cried Mary, as tbo suhdocd sotind of A far-ulT 
explosion reached her. 

This wai of coiino no other llinn Iho roar of 
Corly's gnn in the act of buttling and vanish' 
ing ; for neither stock, lock, nor barrel was seen 
acain. It left the world like a Norse king on 
hit )iro.«bip. But. at the niutiienl, Alec was 
too busy in the depths of his snow vault lo hear 
or see tho signals, 



ao 



AI«£C FORBES OF HOWOLEN. 



By-and-by a knock came to the kitchen door. 
Maiy went and opened it. 

^ Alec *8 at hame, I ken," said a rosy boy, 
almost breathless with past speed and present 
excitement 

'*Hoo ken ye that, my man?" asked BCarv. 

'**Caa8e the flag's fleein'. Whaor is he?" 

" Gin yc ken sae mnckle aboot him already, 
▼e can jist fin' him to yersel' !" 

*< The bick 's oot !" panted Linknm. 

Bat Maiy shut the door. 

** Here 's a job ! " said Linknm to himself. '* I 
canna gang throu a steekit door. And there 's 
Juno wi' the rin o' the haill tonn. Deil tak* her I '* 

Bat at the moment he heard Alec whistling a 
favorite tune, as he shoveled away at the snow. 

^* General !" cried Linknm in ecstasy. 

*' Here !" answered Alec, flinging his spade 
twenty feet from him, and bolting in the direc- 
tion of the call. ' * Is *t yon, Linknm ?" 

" She 's oot. General" 

" Deil hae her, gin ever she wins in again, the 
cnrst worry in' brate I Did ye gang to Curly ?" 

'* Ay did I. He fired the gun, and burnt 
three blue lichts, and waited saiven minutes and 
a half; and syne he sent roe for ye. General." 

'* Cbnfoon' %" cried Alec, and tore through 
shrubbery and hedge, the nearest way to the 
road, followed by Linkum, who even at full 
speed was not a match for Alec. Away they 
flew like the wind, along the well-beaten path 
to the town, over the foot-bridge that crossed 
the Glamour, and full speed up the hill to Willie 
Macwha, who, with a dozen or fifteen more, was 
anxiously waiting for the commander. They all 
had their book-bags, pockets, and arms filled 
with stones lately broken for mending the turn- 
pike road, mostly granite, but partly whinstono 
and flint. One bag was ready filled for Alec. 

'* Noo," said the General, in the tone of Gid- 
eon of old, *' gin ony o' ye be fley t at the brute, 
jist gang hame." 

"Ay I ay! General." 

But nobody stirred, for those who were afraid 
hod slunk away the moment they saw Alec 
coming up the hill, like the avenger of blood. 

"Wha's watchin' her?" 

»*Doddle8, Gapy, and Goat." 

" Whaur was she last seen ?'' 

"Takin'up wi' anither tyke on the sqnaure." 

** Doddlcs '11 be at the pump, to tell whaur *s 
the ither twa and the tvke." 

" Come along, then. This is hoo ye 're to 
gang. Wc niauima a* gang thegither. Some o' 
ye — vou three — doon the Back Wynd ; you s«x, 
up Lucky Hunter's Close ; and the lave by 
Growan Street ; an' first at the pump bides for 
the lave." 

" Hoo are we to mak' the attack. General ?" 

"I 'llgie my orders as the cose may demand," 
said Alec. 

And away they shot. 

The muffled sounds of the feet of the various 
companies as they thundered post upon the snow, 
roused the old wives dozing over their knitting 
by their fires of spent oak-bark, and according to 
' her temper *vould be the remark with which each' 
startled dame turned again to her former busy 
quiescence : — " Some mischeef o' the loons !" 
** Some ploy o' the laddies !" ** Some decvilry 
«' thoe rascals frae Malison's school !" 

They reached the square almost together, 



i 



and fdund Doddlcs at the pnmp ; who repor t e d 
that Jnno had gone down the inn jard, aad 
Gapy and Goat were watching her. Noir At 
must come ont to get home again, for there was 
no back way ; so by Alec's orders thcnr disponed 
a little to avoid obeerration, and drew grad- 
ually between the entrance of the inn^ard ana 
the way Jnno would take to go home. 

The town was ordinarily lighted at night with 
oil lamps, but moonlight and snow had rendered 
them for some time unnecessary. 

" Here she is ! Here she is !" cried sereral at 
once in a hissing whisper of excitement. ** Ltt 
at her!" 

<* Hand still !" cried Alec. '<Bide tiU I tell 
e. Dinna ye see there *s Lang Tam*a dog wi' 
er, an' he 's done naething. Ye mannna pnntili 
the innocent wi' the guilty." 

A moment after, the dogs took their leave of 
each other, and Juno went, nt a slow douching 
trot, in the direction of her own street. 

" Close in !" cried Alec. 

Juno found her way barred in a threatening 
manner, and sought to pass meekly bj. 

**Lat at her, boys !" cried the (General. 

A storm of stones was their answer to the or- 
der ; and a howl of rage and pain harst from 
the animal. She turned ; but found that she 
was the centre of a circle of enemies. 

*' Lflt nt her ! Hand at her !" bawled Alec. 

And thick as hail the well-aimed stones flew 
from practiced Imndu; though of course in the 
frantic rushes of the dog to escape, not half of 
them took efll'ct. She darted first at one and 
then nt anotlier, su.-ipiiinf; wildly, and meeting 
with mnny a kick and blow in return. 

The neighbors began to look out at their shop 
doors nnd their windows; for the boys, rapt in 
the ex( itcntcnt of the sport, no longer laid anv 
restraint u])oii their cries. Andrew Constabl^ 
the clothier, from his shop door ; Rob Gaddle, 
the barber, from his window, with his face shad- 
owed by Annie's curls ; Retlford, the bookseller, 
from the top of the stairs that led to his shop; 
in short, the whole of the shopkeepers on the 
square of Glamerton were regarding this battle 
of odds. The hnlf frozen place looked half 
nliVc. Hut none of tiic good folks cared much 
to interfere, I'ur tlying stones are not pleasant of 
encounter. And indeed they could not clearly 
make out what was the matter. — In a minute 
more, a sudden lull came over the hubbub. 
They saw all the group gather together in a 
murmuring knot. 

The fact was this. Although cowardly cnongh 
now, the brute, infuriated with pain, had made 
a determined rush at one of her antagonists, 
and a short hand-to-teeth struggle was now tak* 
ing place, dnring which the stoning ceased. 

** Siic has a grip o' my legy" said Alec quiet- 
ly; **nnd I hae a grip o' her throat. Curlr, 
pit yer han' i' my jacket-pooch, an' tak' oot a bit 
towio ye '11 fin' there." 

Curly did as he was desired, and drew ont a 
yard and a half of garden-line. 

" Jist pit it wi* ae single k-not roon' her neck, 
an' twa three o' yo tak' a baud at ilka en', and 
pu' for the life o* ye !" 

They hauled with hearty vigor. Juno's teeth 
relaxed their hold of Alec's calf; in another 
minute her tongue was hanging out her month, 
and when they ceased the strain she lay limp on 



PIP 



AI^C FOEBES OF HOWGLES. 



It 



r. With a slioDt of triumph, tho» Mart- 
ft«d uff at TuU tpeud, drag^oe llie brute by ib« 
KBeck through the street. Alec eiMyedto rollow 
Ithcnii but round liii teg too painrul; and wai 
I breed 10 go limpiflg heme. 
I Whan the itictort had ran (ill [liey were aal 
I'Of brenlhi ihej alopped to conferj anil theregnlc 
■ «f Ihcir coururcnce was (hat in Bolemn ihonce 
I thcj drew her home ID the back sntc, and Hnd- 
I Ing all still in the yard, deputed tno of their 
laotupany to lay the dead baiiy in iia kcnncl. 
F Curlj and Linkum drew ber iiiio the yard, 
' iniDblcd bor into her bairel, whieli thej set up 
1 end, undid tlie string, and left Juno Ijing 
neck and tail tagether in iRnominions peace. 

Before Alec reached home, his leg had swol- 
Ion letj much, and was w> )>ainrnl that he could 
baldly Iini|i along; for Juno had lukcn no pnia- 
in;; snap, but a Rreat strong mouthful. He con- 
cealed bis condition froin his mother for lliat 
tiight; hut ne<[t nioriiliig bis leg wns so Inil, 
Ihiu tliere was no longer a puaiibility of biding 
the fact. To tell a lie would have been so hard 
for Alee, that he had tearcelj- nn^ merit in not 
tcllin;' one. So there was nothing for it bnt 
eonCi««ion. His mother scolded him to a degree 
eoniiilorubly beyond her own leosB of tlio wrong, 
tc'liii;; bim he would get her Into disgrace In 
the town as the mother of a litvrleii son, who 
mmldled with other pcoplu't |iropCTty In a way 
little belter than stealini;. 

" I fane)-, mamma, n loon's legs are abootas 
mockle hl> ain property as the tyke was Rob 
Brueo's. It 's no the firal time she 's bitten h.nlf 
a diiten lep that were neither her ain act her 

Mra. Furbci conid not well answer this arcn- 
tneni; to slie took advantage of Ihe fact lliat 
Alec had, in the excitement of scir>defciue, 
liaised into Scotch. 

"Don't talk so vulgarly to mc, AI&c," she 
soldi "keep that for your lll-bebaved compan- 
ions in the town." 



" They 



nl a 



IS at the bottom of it." 
'■ 1 nerer said they were," she answered. 
But in heart she thought if they were n 
ere was liitla amiss with them. 



CHAPTER XVni. 

Alsc was once more condemned to the sofn, 

■nd Annie had to miss htm, and wonder what 

bad become of him. Slia always felt ufe when 

Alec was there, and when he was not, she grew 



liefore (he morning was over, she lenmed the 
reniKJu uf his absonoo. 

For about noon, when all was tolerably har- 
monious In the •cliool, the dour opened, and the 
face of Kobort Bruco appeared, with gleaming 
eyes of wrath. 

* " Gnid pttMrro 's V snid Serampie to hi* next 
ttctiihbor. "Sioahidln'as wos' a'god lloro"* 
Itob Itrneo ', Wha 's gano and lell't him ?" 

But Mime of (he gang of conspiralnra, standing 
in a class near iho iloor, stared in horror. 
Among thvm was Curly. Ilii companions de- 
obkred afterward that find It not boen for the 



strenpb of the curl, his h.iir wonld haro stood 
upright. For, fullowing Bruce, led in fact by a 
string, came an owful apparition— Juno herself, 
a pitiable mass of caniniiy — looking like the re- 
■nscitnied corpn of a dog that had been nine 
days buried, crowded with lamps, and spixkled 
with cuts, goin)* on three legs, and haring her 
head and throat awolicn to a slxc past rocogni- 

■' She 's no deid cftor a' ! DcII tak' her 1 for 
he "s in her," said Doddlos. 

" We hoena killed her eneuch," said Catly. 

"I tcll'i yc. Curly I To had litile ado to 
lowio the tow. She wad ha' been at deid afore 
the momin' as Lucky Gordon's cat that yc cottit 
tbo held air o'," said Link am, 

"Eh! but she luika bonnio:"raid Curly, try- 
ing til sbnkc off bis dismay. "Man, we '11 lioe 
't a' to do over again. Sic fun I'' 

But be could not help looting n little rocful 
when Linknm expressed r. wish that they were 
tlieniselres well through r'.th their share of the 

And now the storm bpgna lo break. The 
master lind gone It> lh« inof and ibakcn bands 
with bis Tisitiir, glnneini; npoEalcd interrogation 
at tbo mtsoreble animal in the string, which had 
just shape enoui-h Icit to miow that It wiu a dog. 

" I 'nt vcm sorry, Haietcr Malison, to come lo 
yon wi' ray comid'aints," said Bruce; "butjitt 
luib at the pu:r dumb animal I tjbc endni) come 
i.ersel', r.n' nae 1 bude to bring b;r. Stan' still, 

For Juno having caught sight of some boy- 
lags, throiij-h a corner of ono eye not quite 

Ininyed u/:, liogan lo tng at t!ie string with feeble 
cnrncsincsa — no longer, lio-rever, regarding the 
said logs as made fur dogs lo bile, but as fear- 
ful insirninenis of Tengan*,cc, in loai-ue with 
aiones and cords. So the t'jainlr.g and pulling 
was all homeward. But bet uns^r hod brought 
her as chief witness agninfit tlie boys, and she 
mn^l rcmuin where she wa*. 

" Eh, Ian !" lie said, hauling lier back by the 
sirinii; " gin yo bad but the tongue o' ihctiroidi- 
ct's Hss, ye wad sune pint out the nucals dial 
miagnide'd and misgrngled ye that gall. Bui 
here '■ the just judge that '11 gie ye yer riclilc, 
and that wi'oot feo or reward. — Mr. Mnllaon, 
slic WIU one o' tbo bonniest ticks ye cud set ycr 

A ■niiitbered Iniigb gnrgled Ibroogh ihu m 

"Till some o' your loons — nno offense 
—I ken wupI ciieuch they 'ro no yonn, nor . 
like yc — some o' your peowpila, sir, bse jlst 
((JriDfn} the sowl Dot o' her wi' stanea." 

"Whaardocs the wwlo' nbitchUdeT''as 
Goat, in a whisper, of his neighbor. 

'■Deil kens," answered Gnpy i "gin it binna 
i' tbo boddom o' Hob Brucc'i wame." 

The master's wrath, ready enough to rise 
against l«>i and all tbeir work*, now showed 
itself in the Edwins redncsa of bis face. This 
was not one of bis wont pssiions — in them he 
grew while — fur the injury bad not boen don« to 
himself. 

"Can yon IHI mc which of them did It?" 

■'Sii,»ir. There maun hae been mair oof 
IHK or three at it. Or she wadbae worried them. 
The bcHi-nntcred beatt i' ibe lo«n I" 

'■ WllUnm Macwha," cried Mnlison. 

■' Here, sir." 



1 



I 
I 



S4 



ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



Hid itrengtnened their impolics to miuciilu- ex- 
ertion. 

'* TbAe loofu are jist growin* perfect dcerib,** 
Charlie Chapman, the wool-carder, as he 
bolted into his own 8bo|>, with the remains of a 
now-bali melting down the back of his neck. 
" We maon hao anither constable to hand them 
in order." 

The existing force was composed of one long- 
legged, short-bodied, middle-aged man, who was 
so slow in his motions, apparently from the weight 
of his feet, which were always dragging behind 
him, that the bovs called him Stnmpin* Steenie, 
{dim, for '* StepkaC^\ and stood in no more awe 
of him than they did of his old cow — which, her 
owner being a widower, they called Mrt, Stephen 
—when she wont up the street, hardly able to 
waddle along for the wciglit of her ndder. So 
there was some little ground for the wool-carder*8 
remark How much a second constable would 
hare availed, however, is doubtful. 

« I never saw sic widdicfows !** (^aUows-btnU), 
chimed in a farmer*8 wifo who was standing in 
the shop. **They had a tow across the Wast 
Wynd i' the snaw, an doon I cam o* my niz, as 
sure *8 your name 's Charles Chapman — and 
mair o' my legs oot o* my conts, I doobt, than 
was a*thcpither to my credit.** 

'* I 'm sure ye can hao no rizzon to tnk* shame 
o* your legs, gudc wife,** was the pn^llant re- 
joinder ; to which their owner replied, with a 
laugh: 

" Tliey woma made for public inspection, ony 
gait.»» 

^* Hoot ! hoot ! Kacbody saw them. I s* war- 
ran* ye didna lie lang. But thac loons— they 're 
jist past a*! Heard ye boo th?y saired Kob 
Bruce?" 

**Fegs! they tell me they a* but buried him 
alive." 

'* Ow ! av. But it 's a later storv, the last.** 

'* It 's a pity there 's no a dizzcn or twa o* them 
in Awbnihawm*s boaitom. — What did they till 
him ncivt 7" 

Here Andrew Constable dropficd in, and Chai>- 
Bian turned toward him with the question : 

*' Did yt hear, Mr. Constable, what the loons 
did to H/At'iTt Bruce the nicht afore last ?** 

** So What was that ? They hae a spite at 
j«ir R^/b, I Wicve " 

" VV'yrl. it didna Wtk a'thegither like rcspcck, 
f maqn all'^/. — I was stannin'at the coonter o' 
hi* * V/;/ v^aitin* for an once ^o* snecshin* ; and 
f&>Urrt he VMA vrrvin* a bit baimie oucr the 
n^9tiXKf «i* a p<mny«orth o* triaclc, whan, in a 
jiff'isy, there cam' sic a blast, an* a reek fit to 
tmtsns jt, oot o*tbe bit ffr^, an* the shop was fo' 
o* rec^, afore ye could hae pitten the pint o* ac 
thoora upo* the pint o' the ither. * Preserve 'i 
a* !' cried Itob ; but or he could fay anither word, 
butt the house, scnshlin in her liau''bk'«, c/me* 
Nancy, rinnin*, an* opens the d/x^ wi* a Mrraich : 
* Preserve *s a* !* qoo* she ; * lOMtt, the lam '• 
in a low I' An* fegs I atw4i«n the twa r»:«k*, to 
sunder them, there was wAhiufi but Nancy li/:r- 
fiel*. The hooie was as fa' a* it end hand, frMf. 
cellar to garret, & the blackewt reek 'at ';ver cnip 
oot o* cool. Oot we ran, an* it wa« a ti^ht to t^^ 
the crater wi' bis lang neck loiktn* an at tlie rhtm- 
leys. But dcil a sfmrk cam' O'/t o* ihem— <'r ftrk 
cither, for that maitter. It was eaty Uf s^ wli«t 
voa amiss. The loons bad Uutn // the rigj^ia. 



and flung a han*fu' o* blastin* powtber down flkt 
smokin* chimley, and syne clappit a dirot or a 
truf npo' the mou* o* 't. ' Dcil ane o* tlMm was ii 
sicht, but I doobt gin ony o* them was far awa*. 
There was naething for \ but get a ladder, and 
jist gang np an' uk.* aff the pot-lids. Bnt eh ! 
puir Robert was jist rampin* wi' rmm ! No *at 
he snid muckle, for he daur hardlj open bn 
mou* for sweerin* ; and Robert wadna a w eci, yt 
ken ; but he was neither to hand nor bin*."* 

< ' What laddies war they, Charles, do je ken r 
asked Andrew. 

*' There *s a heap o* them np to tricks. Gin I 
haena the rheum ateese scremn* awa' atween ibt 
shoothers the nicht, it wonna be their fiaa*ts ; for 
as I cam* ower frao the iron-monger *s thm, I 
jist got a ba* i* the how o* my neck, 'at amaia 
sent me howkin* wi* my snoot i* the snaw. And 
there it stack, and at this preceese moment it *• 
rinnin* doon the sma* o* my back as gin 't war a 
burnic doon a hillside. We maan hae mair < 
stables !*' 

'* Hoot ! toot I Charles. Ye diuna want a i 
stable to dry yer back. Gang to the gndewife 
wi**t,'* said Andrew, ^*she *11 gic to a drj sarL 
Na, na. Lat the laddies work it nff. As lang *» 
they baud their hiinV fruo what docsna belangto 
th<'m, I dinna niin' a bit ploy noo and thai. 
They *ll no turn oot the waur men for a plM^w* 
or twa. 

The fact was, none of the boys woold hsn 
dreamed of inttiifcring with Andrew Constaliie. 
Everybody respected him ; not becanae he was 
an elder of the kirk, but because he was a good- 
tempered, kindly, honest man ; or to som np aiB 
in one word — a douce ckidd — by which void 
douce is indicated every sort of propriety of be- 
havior — a virtue greatly esteemed by the Scotck 
This adjective was universally applied to An- 
drew. 

Wliilc Alec was confined to the honse, he had 
been busy inventing all kinds of employmenn 
for the period of the snow. His lessons never 
occupied much of his thoughts, and no pains hav- 
ijif; yet been taken to discover in what direetioa 
his tastes inclined him, he had of conrse to cater 
for himself. The first day of his return, when 
school was over, he set off rejoicing in hu free- 
dom, for a ramble through the snow, still rerolf- 
ing what he was to do next; for he wanted 
Rome steady employment with an end in view. 
In the course of his solitary walk, he cane to 
the Wan Water, the other river that flowed 
through the wide valley — and wan enoDch h 
was now with its snow sheet orer it ! Aa he 
stcKKl looking at its still, dead face, and lamenting 
that the snow lay too deep over the ice to admit 
of skating, by a sudden reaction a summer vis- 
i/^n of the live water arose before him ; and ha 
thoa;(ht how delightful it would be to go sailing 
d^iwn the sparkling ripples, with the green fields 
all aUiut him, and tlic hot afternoon snn owwr 
hf« head. That would l>c better even tbsm send- 
dini^ along it on his skater. His next thooght 
**.a« at once an idea nnd a resolve. Wbj shoaU 
lie h'ft build a boat ? He woM boUd a boat. 
lie wr/nld sft atiout it directly. Here was work 
f'/t til*; re«t of the winter! 

in« fimt Kfefi must be to go home and have 
hi« diiin"r; lii^ next — to consult Georj^ 
whF, who had )»cf;n a ship^arpcnter in l^j 
II'; w#mI<I run "vcr in the evening before '^ 



ALEC FORBES OP riOWGLEN. 



iboiild bnrc dropped vroik, Rnd commit the plan 
to tiis jutlt(iriBni. 

In Iho etening, ihcn. Aloe reschcd iha town, 
on his war '" Ocorgc Hkcwlm. It wai a scill, 
loret^ night, cla&r and frosty, with — yet, there 
were— millions of stars overhcaJ. Away in lU* 
north the atreaoiera were shooting liitlier and 
thither, with marrelous cvnncBcrnce and re- 
generation. No danco of eoblini could be more 
uivlnaia ita groleaqaeaeM than thiadanco of the 
nothcm ligbti in ibcir eiliereal bcnaty, shining 
with awiidgbouly cbangerolneea and feeblenelti, 
bU colon at onm ; now here, now ihrre, lilte a 
Towof9lciuIerorenn-pipe>,ra]lineoutanJ in and 
along the sky. Or they might have been the 
ehordg of some gigantic striticed insiniuiGnt, 
wliivh ehorda became Titiblo only irhen mighty 
handa of matdc strack tticir keys and set them 
vibrating; m> that, aa the bunds eivepl np nnd 
down the Titanic key-lranrd, the chords them- 
aclyea wcnied to roll along tho heavens, though 
ia trulli some ranulicd hers and othcra appeared 
jnjndcr. Up and down they darted, and aitny 
itnd back — nnd always in the direcrion he did 
not espret thimi to lake. Ke tbonghl he heard 
them crackle, and ho stood slitl to lieicn ; bat 
he could not Ixi sure that it was not ibe mow 
•inking and rritj-livf beneath hii fret. All 
around him was still pt b world too long frozen : 
In tho heBTcm alone was there moiiun. There 
this entrancing danec ofcolor and shape went on, 
wide beneath, and tapering up lo the leniih. 
Truly there wn» rerolry in honven 1 One (night 
have thought that a prodigal son had just got 
home, and that tho masic nnd tho dam-ing had 
began, of which only the fnr-olT rbythmic shina 
could reach the human senrc ; for n dance in 
heaiien might well >how ilselF in color to the e; 
of men. Alec went on till the light* from ' 
windows of the town began to throw slindr 
across the snow. Tho street was emptr. From 
end to end nothing moved bnt an occasional 
thodow. A) he cama near to Macwim's ehop, 
lie had to |iau n row of coitiigm which stood 
with their bucks to a hierp ilope. Hero too all 
Wni silent as a frozen city. Ilut witen he was 
•bout oiiposite tho middla of the row, lis heard 
a stifted lauch, and then a kind of muffled aonrfd 
as of hurrying steps, and, in a moment after, 
cvmTT door in the row «■* torn opon, and out 
bolted the inhabitants — here an old woman, 
liNliing on n stick as she cimc, there a shoema- 
ker, with last and mvl in hit hands, here n tniior 
I* with his shears, nnd ibcra a whole family of «ev- 
crnl tradci and ages. Every one rushed into the 
middle of the road, turned right round and look- 
nl up. Then arose such a clamor of tongues, 
that it brake on the still nir like n storm. 

"What^ ado, Betty?" asked Alec of a de- 
crepit old creature, bent almost double with rlion- 
mnlisra, who was trying hnrj to see something 
or other in the air or on llie roof of her cottage. 

lint befiire ilio could speitk, the answer came 
in nnuther form, addressing Itself to his nose in- 
stead of his ears. For oniofthe eotlages floated 
clouds of smoke, pervading the nir with n variety 
of Mxnia — of bnming oal-hnrk. of buminit leaih- 
or-cnttlngs. of damp flfc-wwid and peal^ of the 
conking of red herringi. of the boiling of por- 
ridge, of the baking of oat-cakes, etc., etc. tlnp- 
pily fiir all the inhalntants, "tbac docvils o' 
iDons" had nfcd no powder hiwe. 



Jlut tho old woman, looking ronnd when Alee 

spoke, nnd seeing thut itwnsono of tho obnoxious 
aehool-boys, broke out thus; 

"Gongan'tak' the divot (turf) alTo'mylum, 
Alec, there V a good laad I Ye sudnd play sic tricks 
on puir auld bodies l&e me, near Uiickiii' in twn 
wi' tho Thcumateese. I 'm jist grcetin' wi' the 
reek i' my auld een." 

And as she spoke tlic wiped her eyes with her 

Aloe did not wait to clear himself of an accusn- 
tlon eo gently pot, buttnuon tlieroofof Luckio 
Lajip's cottage before she had finished tier appeal 
to nis gcncroiitj-. He look the "divot affo' her 
lum" ami j>iTchcd it halfway down the brae, at 
thobnckorihe cottage. Thcnbe scrambled fram 
one chimney to the other, and went on pitchingilio 
soils down the hill. At length two of the inhnli- 
ilant^ who hnd climbed up at the other end nf 
the row, met him, and taking him roratepenlnnl 
sinner at best, made him prisoner, mncn to his 
amusement, nitd bronght him down, protesling 
thnt it was too bad of gentlefolk's sous to perse- 
cote the poor in that way, 

" I didn't do it," said Alee. 

" Dinnn Ice," was tho curt rejoindeii. 

" I -m no lecin'-" 

" Wha did it, thnn ?" 

"I cnn gniss; an' it alianna happen ngnin, gin 
let 



"Tell's wha did if, than." 

" He 't one o' them." 

"The foul thief tnk' htm! I s'giehimahiJ- 
in"," said a burly sutor (itioemnktr) coming up. 
"■Thac loons nrb no tobobomBwI'onylanger.'" 

And be caught Alec by the arm 

" I didn't do it," persisted Alec. 

"Wha killed Rob Brnee's dog?" asked the 
snior, sqneeiing Alec's ann to |ioinC the quc<- 

" I did," answered Alec; "and I will doyoutf 
the snmn guid turn, gin he worries holmi." 

" And quite richi, luu t" taid tt>e intor's wife. 
" Lat him gang, I>oniil. 1 '11 be boan' he '* no 

"Tell "s a'aboot it, than. IIoo cam Jo iiji 

"I gued up to Ink* the divot nlTo' Luckie Lapp's 
luin. Speir «i her. Alice up, I Ihoclit 1 miclil 
gie the lave o' ye a gode turn, and this is a' I get 
for 't." 

" Wecl.wcel ! Come in and warm ye, than," 
said the slioemnkcr, convinced at last. 

Ko Alec went in and had a chat with them, 
and then went on to George Maewha's. 

The carpenter took lo his achente at oiirc. 
Alec was n fair hand nt all sort* of tool-work ; 
and being on the friendUest terms with Itf aewtin. 
it wnisnon arrant^ that the keel should be laid 
ill the end of the Workshop, and that, under 
George's din^ctions, and what help Willie chono 
to render. Alee should bnild his host hiniseir. 
Just ft" tliey concluded these preliminarien. in 
came Willie, wiping some traces of blood fiom 
his none. lie made a pantomimic gesture of 
vengeance at Alee. 

" What hno ye been eltcr noo, laddie ?" nskei) 
his father. 

"Alec'sjlrt gien mo a Wuiily nose," said Wil- 

•■ UoocAm' tlMtaboMMT'e weet Jwrrrth. 



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ALEC fORBSd OV HOWi^LIs: 



UrtidtuWj diftpUr^J the ^mr-icirn i«n iiasr vianDt^ 
nance (yvtr the htdi dor*r *.i :.ie ^tii-^p ipfj^arsii 
two meiif each beahAap on hji «iiiiultiAr ::ie «aeiu 
(Bftfirtsj of two pkrtt^iu, to be fharpened. u* jes. 
Thu JMUnt the Mw thesB, toe amoiiHi iif ier 
f*cr':Ii, anfl before tMj h*i gsc ue dear openaiii 
wn« h«]f wmj to i:, r.rjiRff, * r»;ie I Dowl** Aa^ 
iitiicr infttant a&d *^ vm lu'^ed ii^ii Ji iJuw-^jt* 
arui*. 

** My little miitreMr ^xcliusutd lie. iuHaifC 
li'jr. •* U(fO cam" /« a-iM ?" 

" I 'm Mile eaeocr. here. I>y'4ie : 'iinoAhe J-'jT. 
1 11 tell je a' aboc« i;. Aiec i ui ueorje Xie- 
wha « iihop f onner." 

"And wba '• Alec ?" ankeu I>>»vie. 

Lf^riog them »-,w a& ilMur pn-rAA* rcdao' 
nicatioa% I will re^a&f, (jt l-^ «aft«: i/ ;:4 reauis, 
wtiAt paated between /amet L^:!** i cr^capoaicA 
an'J the imieh. 

**'rbe laM tim-%." iuiJ the ;r«n:ii, " iho: j* les 
mv •//ck, Peter \VL%u(». j^ i^rr.t^i iz vx j.< u 
«.if: '• P^jUt, an* I ii v., re r^A rxii^ver Mcer. " 

** fWx ! man, ve miiiak. 1: -cA.<r.i :he icck. 
It wa«the h^i<] tLax cam' ar.in* ':, asA kesioa bxi 
t/^ haod i: ftfT ^^^ t^ie uar.4^.4. ' 

" f fa ! ha! F»a ! M/ ^^i^i 'i nao ao.-^ uf: '* j^r aic. 
It'« no xr^KU a* d»7 like roan, :i:i it i 'b.rMwtu 
(iirwr)^Af xxA Jir:r.;r 'n*q^A, iJie a *h«p'i. Jhs 
gie me a hand r/ t^*e taiog*. aA' I •' set mjr iock 
to my ain min'.' i 

Peter ga/'^ up the t/>Tk^.« at once, and the joong 
f ?iU/^ pr^y'.^.rk/] t// yix the iLarc in the fire, and y 
fo .vr^ the \0:\Vrm%. \ 

*• y*. II ne^'ir mak' or*/ thinjf o' 't that ipit." j 
Mi' I I'et^, a* hie t/xA tJie ton^* from hit han J^ and I 
tiXinffA ttie yM^itk *A \\^. *\»mh itZ him. ** Ye • 
wad hae't hiar,k apo'ae ti'lc 6r« 1 ^l.ite r.^x/ the '" 
'ii)rtfir. Sf^f tjL ^/ir>r<y jOeadr, aii' dinua Uaw ihc ' 
•re nff o* tt»e forjfe. '* 

Hat when i'. ru^m^ Ui the anril f,art cf t!ie vrork, 
refer foun^) *ff rtmnj faaltA with the handling and 
th^ f xe/:r4ti/>n gfitttrAlly, ttiat at leujith the lad , 
ihrew d'/wn tiie i/^ujpi with a Liogh and on oath j 

'' Ye t.h$t WM yuxij u* 't ycricl, than, Peter. 

Ye ji«t mtn' rri': ** the \Viu:ii^/nic Carl.*' 
** What '• that o* 'I, \\A,r}\ rnnn ?" 
"Ow ! naetfain;( hut a hit aan;; that I cam' 

uyi the itlier da/ i' the iicuk o' an auld ncwi- 

pfi|»<T." 

' * Ut '» hear 't," mid Peter. " Sinp 't. Kory. 
Y'- 're l^:lter keut for a guid lang tlian for scttin* 

** I ranna »ing 't, for J dinna ken the tunc o* 't. 
I (iiily Kot a gliinp' o' 't, oa 1 toll ye, in an anid 

IWtWft, 



If 



*' Wf el, Miy 't, than. Yo 're oi wcol kent for a 
gold memory av a guid iang.** 

Without more preamble, liory repeated, with 
appnipriate gesture, 

TIIK WAi:W>Mi: t'ARI.. 

Them mm* a man to nor tAon-en*, 

An' a WAMonM oarl wm h«; 
Wi' a inubhert otM«, an* a croukit niou*. 

An' a rock tn Iii4 l»^t ee. 
And iiiiirkl« he upli'd, and mueUe h*" ipak*; 

lliit tliu hunlftn o' hU lanff 
Wat aya tlia aanie, and over apiin: 
Theru'M nanc ^f jt a* but'ii w r.mif. 
Ye*r<' a' wranp, and n* wraiij;. 
And a'tlii*ffllli«'r «* * rntiK ', 
Tli<*r«'H no a nian ■•l-^i* tlK" town. 
But '« a*Uiegltli«r a' « raui;. 



Timtt ail zitm ^^m 

'Viir :«ft au Jt» 
TTuA t V 




PwoaiBH 
IS« sii^'rhvr ivkl siM fsft i* 

Tw Lirt M inaa 1 ste ^a*. 




St 



Ti« jnsr 

JLiif Sir SM ntfar 
Za vi«aa «-irta 

A»f aT« !m fkrf jJ* 
Aa< av« te crvkis feat 

Aa< a«« W mrfca i? k» «■. 
Aad «aL - Tax* mbs : 

W« baei aiu.-iK «x «»^ 
A>i »^*r M>i kzn a 

Aal av* be miA kit «■ 
Y« 'n a- 




b^: vo^: be 
Lat 'f •«<» ria be 

«jr «:«.> I^ik a»d craik. 
It *■ trve v« ■Hsaaa Ufpai ti 

lie *i £aL-lT cnek «{- yrUe : 
Bat be Bkasa live, ve 

Gin U e*9 w :rk. be r bUe. 
lie 




*• Ii *ff ir-je it *fl bat a laMie** 

Itot vc U bcfia vT a nai 
Tbe-v *• a' ihse w«7i& to s^tiKr aa* 

An* be *f tlje maa f?r a' thios.* 
We ga<«] 'vr «a'K. aod kxa bSm btv 

Tod<ji*t aAbemkbt; 
We tbiak to bear nae aair •* Urn. 
Till wt- r«.4ae UacK at aieht ; 
B'jt we 're a* wraag, dcL 

For, IokIi ! or it wai denaer-tfane. 

The lift iirmtimmO vaa la a lov ; 
The reek raee np. aa It bad baoa 

Frae Scdua fiaiaer, I tov. 
Wi* ran like mad ; bat com aad brra 

War blas'n-— wae'i the fell!_ 
▲e gin the da*! hid brooebt the fli% 

ToBak*aaitherbeU. 

*T vaa a* vrang, etc. 

And bf the Uaa; tba eari itad, 
Wi* *■ b»n*i aueath bis talla ; 
And aje be aald— •* I Uuld jv new 

An* jre *re to biaroe yeweU. 
It *i a* joar wito (Mme), ibr y« *re a* 

Ye *U maj be ovo 't at laet : 
Whnt gart je bnm tbae deerHldi weyda. 
Wlian the win* blew frae the waatr* 
Ye *re a'wraaiCi aad a' wraa^ 
And a*:begiiber a* vraair : 
There *n no a nuui la a* the varT 
But *• a*tbegitber a* vraag: 

Before the recitation was orer, which was per* 
formed with considerable spirit and trnth, Annie 
and Dowio were listening attentiTcIj, alonff with 
Alec, who had retum<^d to take Annie back, and 
who now joined loudly in the applause whidi 
foUoweil the conclusion of the verses. 

*' Faith, that was a chicld to hand ooC over 
froc," said Alec to Kory. "And yo said the 
sang weel. Ye sud learn to sing 't, though." 

** May Ikj 1 mny, some day ; gin I cod onlV cet 
a grainio i»aut to ])it upo* the tail o* the'bud 



ALEC FORBtCS OF BOWGLEN. 



tbat kem the tano o' X What ca' ibcy yov, 
■aaoV 

" Alec Forbes," noiwcrcd Ibe oimcr of Ilia 

"Aj,"inlcrpo»cd Annia. nddrcuinglictsctrio 
£)owii], wlio H^ll held hor iu bin nrnu , " tlim is 
■Mcc, tiiM I tell't je t-haot. lie 'i richc Ruid lo 
mc. Alec, here 'a Dooia, 'at I like bettor nor 
oay body i' ihe wari'." 

And >he turned aod klued Ihe bronxed face, 
ihich wai B clean face, notwiibaunduiK Ibo cun- 
trary appearance e'^ea to it bj a beard of three 
iari' growth, vhicb Annie's }ui» wai too full of 
love to mind. 

Annie would ho»o been yet more ready to ttll 
Donio and Alec each who the other via*, liiid 
ihe not been ovcapied in her own mind with n 
diicovcry the had nade. For had not those 
rancs givan otidenc delielit lo the company" 
Alec among iho rest? Had he not applnudcd 
■ ho loadest oT all ? — Was there not lierc tome- 
thing she could do, and to contribute to the dc- 
lighl or the workmen, Ahic and WiUic, and thus 
have her part in the boat growing bencatb llicir 
handi ? Sba would then be u» longer n tulernleil 
beholder, indebted to their charity for permission 
'o enjoy their locicty, bat a contribuling mcm- 

' dF Ihe working communiij — if not working 



. loment, and she reaolred beforo next night to 
bo able la emulale Rory. 

Dowio carried her home in hli arms, and on 
(he way sbe told him alt about the kiudnens of 
Alec and bis mother. He asked ber many 
qnesiions about the Braces; but her patient 
nature, and the inslinctive feeling that it would 
(oako Dowia unhappy, withhold her from repro- 
•enling the discomfoTli of her poviiioii in strung 
colors. Uowie, bowoTcr, had hia owu tlmueliti 
on tlie matter. 

" lloo are ye tho nichi, Mr. Dow?'' aaid 
Bobcrt, who treated him with oily niii|>ci't, bu- 
~ ily acquainted with 



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file's alfairs, but was a kind of natural if nut 
leital gaardiau of her and her properly. " And 
whaur did ye fa' in wi' this stray liimmiu o' 

rsT" 

" Slie 't been wi' me Ihii Inng time," ansncr- 
od Dow, declining, with Scotch in«■nc^ lo cii'c 
an answer, before he nndcntood all the drift of 
the question, A ScDlchmnn wonid nlwayi like 
llio liut qoeslloa fim. 

" She s aomo ill for rinnin' ool," aaid Bruce, 
will) soft words addre«Mil to Dow, and a cutting 
look flung at Annie, " witboot spoinn' Icnvp, 
and wa dinns ken whanr she ganp; and iliat '« 
no richi forfoss-baims." 

' Never »o min' her, Mr. Drucc" replied 
IJow. " I ken her bettor nor you, no meanin' 
ony offense, suein' b1« was i' my airms nfore she 
was a week auld. Lai her gang whniir she 
likes, and gin she docs what she tndna do, 1 'II 
tiik' a' the wyte o' 't." 

ttaw there wai no great aiixleiT dbout Annie's 
welfare in tlie mind of Mr. n'r Mr*. Drue?. 
Tho *h^ and ibair own children, chirSy the 
former, ucvupied their thoughts, and ihe leu 
tniubla they had fVvm the prvaence of Annie, tho 
belter pleaied ihey were — alnnys pmvlilnl ilisir 
enuhl rtra|>« Ihe censnre of n-;;lci'i. H'lire it 
■u tliat AiiDJv^ ahaencca ww« bat Ktlk in- 



All Iho atlenlian they did show 
IH.T, »eniea lo them lo bo uf free grace and ui 
the credit of their charity. 

But Bruce did not like the inl 
James Uow had with her; and before they re- 
tired for the nigb^ he bad another lecture read/ 
for Annie. 

" Annie," he said, " it 's no becomln' for ane 
i' yoor station to be sae familiar. Ve 'II bo a 
young leddy some day, and it 's no ticht lo talc' 
up wi' servan'fl. There 's Jeamcs Doo, jist a 
laborin' man, and aacath your elation a'lhe- 
gitlier, and bo laks ye up in 'a airms, as gin ye 
war B bnirn o' '» ain. It 's no proopcr." 

" I like Jamie Doo better nor ony body i' Ihe 
bail! wnrl*," inid Annie, " cxcep' — " 

Here she stopped short. She would not ex- 
pose her heart lo iho gnie of that man. 

" EiLccp' wha ?" urged Bruce. 

'* I 'm DO gacin to <sny," returned Annie Brmly. 

"Ya 'ra a camitairia{/ierWTjO lassie," said 
Bruce, pushing her away with o forceful acidity 
in the combination of tone and push. 

She walked off to bed, caring nothing for bis 
n^bnkc. For unco Alec's kindness bod opened 
to her a troll of ihc woier of tifi;, iho had altnoat 
ceased to suQcr from the ungenialiiy of her 
guardians. She forgot them as soon a« she was 
nnt of ihcirsicht. And ccitaiiiiy they wctu nicer 
to forget than lo remember. 



CHAITEB XXII. 

Al soon as she was alooa in her room, she 
drew from her (Kickei a parcel containing some- 
thing whii^h Dowic hod lougbt for her on their 
way borne. When undone, it revealed two or 
three laltow candles, a precious present in view 
of her hopes. But how should she get a liplit— 
for Ibis was long before lucifer matches hud risen 
oven upou the horizon of Glamerton t Thera 
was but ono way. 

She wailed, silting on the edge of her bed, in 
the cold and darkncta, until every sound in the 
honss had ceased. Then she stepped cantiously 
down Iho old stair, which would crack now and 
then, use what care nnd gentlenoes she might. 

It was the custom in all the houses of Glumer- 
tim la rtii tho liro ; that i«. to kco)i it (fnily 
alive all night by tlio help of a tniff", or sod cm 
from the Uip of a iieai-moss — n cunise pent in 

fuel, moro looio anil porous than the — -■ 

— which they laid close down upon 



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of coal doit. To this seeled fountain ol _ 
little maiden was creeping Ihrongh llie dark 
house, with one of her lUpK in her hand — iho 
pilcher with which she wna about to draw from 
Ihe fountain. 

And a protly study she would have made for 

any child-loving artist, when, itiih her face ckM 

10 tho gntie, ber mouth piickorvd np to do duir 

as Ihe nuiileofapair ofbellowi^ onehnndholu- { 

inj: a twisted piece of iwpcr boinoen Ihe ban, , 

nnd tho other buiireiaing tho wholo position 1 

from ilic lloor, she Idew at the live bat reluctant 

Are, a slow iqireading at each broBth oi«r her I 

fare, nnd tlion fa^lini: n« the breath ooaaed, lilt ' 

at l«>i ihd pappi 

witboMt with fl 




ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 




of foecw, nuide the lorel/ child-coanto- 
I^ the face of one that has found Uie 
irvth after the learch of weanr dajri. 

Thus the l^hted her candle, and apun with 
careful itepe the made her way to her own 
room. Setting the candle in a hole in the floor, 
kft bj the departare of a resinous knot, she 
opened her box, in which lay the few books her 
aant had thrown into it when she left her old 
home. She had not yet learned to care mach 
about books ; bat one of these had now become 
precious in her eyes, because she knew it con- 
tained poems that her father had b^n fond of 
reading. She soon found it — a volume by some 
Scotch poet of little fame, whose inward com- 
motions had generated their own alleviation in 
the harmonies of ordered words in which they 
embodied themselves. In it Annie searched for 
something to learn before the following night, 
and found a ballad the look of which she liked, 
and which she very soon remembered as one site 
had heard her father read. It was very cold 
work to learn it at midnight, in winter, and in a 
garret too; but so intent was she, that before 
she went to bed she had learned four or five 
verses so thoroughly that she could repeat them 
without thinking of what came next, and these 
she kept saying over and over again even in her 
dreams. 

As soon as she woke in the dark morning, she 
put her hand under the pillow to feel the precious 
volume, which she hoped would be the bond to 
bind her yet more cloMly to the boat and its 
bailden. She took it to school in her pocket, 
leaminf! the whole way as she went, and taking 
a ronndalK>at road that her cousins might not 
'interrupt her. She kept repeating and peeping 
every possible moment during school hours, and 
then all the way home ogain. So that by the 
time she had hod her dinner, and the gauzy 
twilight hod thickened to the ** blanket of the 
dark," she felt quite ready to carry her offering 
of **the song that lighteiu toil" to Geoigo 
Maewha*s workshop. 

How clever they mnst be, she thought, as she 
went along, to make such a beautiful thing as 
the boat was now growing to ! And she felt in 
her heart a kind of love for the look of living 
grace that the little craft already wore. Indeed, 
before it was finished, she hod learned to re- 
gard it with a feeling of mingled awe, affection, 
and admiration, and the little boat had made 
for irs^lf a place in her brain. 

When she entered, she found the two boys al- 
ready in busy talk ; and without interrupting 
them by a word, she took her place on the heap 
of shavings which had remained undisturbed 
since last night. After the immediate consulta- 
tion was over, and the young carpenters had 
settled to their work — not knowing what intro- 
duction to give to her offering, she produced it 
nithont any at all. The boys did not know 
wlint to moke of it at first, hearing something 
come all at once from Annie's lip which was 
neither question nor remark, ond brr>ke upon 
the silence like an alien sound. Bat they said 
nothing — only gave a glance ot each other and 
at her, and settled down to listen and to work, j 
Nor did they speak one word until she had fin- 
ished the ballad. | 

" The Last Wooing," said Annie, all at once, 1 
lod went on : 



^* O lot BM Ib, mj boaay ImsI 
U*i a lang road owar Um hm ; 
And the flauchterin* snaw tMsan to ftP. 
▲• I cam by the mlU.** 

»^ ThU U nae chaafB-liootc, John Mvaro^ 
And jB needna eome naa mnlr : 
Ye erookit yer nioa\ and UehtUed 
UH WednsKUy, at tha £dr.*" 

'^lUehUiedjre!** ^Aboontha 
" Foal.(k* the ni-fkiind 
That made the leeln* void to 
Bj rowin* 't i»rappfn0 ia thn 

'' The fft^ waa thia: I doefatna liida 
To hear yet Ixmnie iMme 
Whaor muekle moot war opoMd 
Wi* lawlett mirth and shame. 

^^Anda'Iaaid waa: ' Hoot I lat alt ; 
She *■ but a bairn, tlie law.* 
It turned tlie apait {/lood) ^ words a HM^ 
And loot yer fair name ~ 



^* Thank ye for naethinf, John Moaiol 
My name oan Rang or bide; 
It *a iio a MNigli o* dmcken weeds 
Wad turn my held aside.** 

*^ O Elaie. laaale o* my ahi I 
The drift ia eanld and 
O t«k* me in ae hoar, and 
m gather me and gang. 

^^ Ye *rB gnid at fleeefafai* (whttOHnff^ Jock 
For ye heedna Cuiae and tmet 
Gang In to Katie at the Mm, 
She lo*ei ric like aa you.** 

Ife tamed hia ilt; he apak nae nudr. 

The lift waa like to la*; 
And Elaie** heart grew grit and aalr iHa 

At alcht o* the dririn* anaw. 

She laid her doun, but no to alerp, 
For her verra lieart waa canld ; 

And the aheeta war like a ttomm heap 
iy maw aboot her fituFd. 



She rue fn* eaf*. And a* theroot 

Waa ae braid windin* aheet ; 
At the doar.aill or winnoek-lug 

Waa never a mark o* feet. 

She crap a* day aboot the hooie, 

Slow.ilttit and hert-aair, 
Ayo keddn* oot like a fiiefatit mooee,.. 

But Johnnie eam nae mairl 

Whan aaft the thov brgud to mdt 

Awa* the ghaiatly anaw, 
ller hert waa aafter nor the thow, 

iler pride had ta*en a &*. 

And ahe oot ower the hUl wad gang, 
Wliaur the aun waa blinMn* boonle. 

To fee hia auld minnie {molher) in ' 
And apeir aboot her Johnnie. 

Bui aa alang the liUl ihe gaed, 
Through auaw and slufh and weei, 

She atoppit wl' a chitkin'cry— 
*T was Johnnie at her feet 

Iliii Iieid waa amoored anenth tlie anaw, 

But hia breiat waa maixtly bare ; 
And *twixt hia breift and hia rieht honT 

lie chifap*t a kick o' hair. 

*T waa gowden hair: ahe kent it wed. 

Alacl^ the aoba and aighal 
The warm win' blew, the laverock flew. 

But Johnnie wadna riae. 

The apring cam ower the waatUn (loeatwcrrvf) *»ni 
And the frort it fled awa' : ' 

And the green graaa luikit amilin* np, 
Kane the waur for a' the anaw. 

And aaft it grew on Jolinnle*a grave, 

Wliaur deep the aunahine lay: 
But, lAitK or that, on FHaie'a held 

TJie gowden hair waa gray. 

George Macwha, who was at work in tb 
other end of the shop when she began, Ium 
drawn near, chisel in hand, and joined the 
eners. 

''Wool dnne, Annie!** exclaimed he, aa 
OS she hod finished — feeling very shy and awk< 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



ward, now ilint her experiment hud been made. 

^ut sho haU not long lo unit for the result. 

" Say '■ ower again, Annie," aaid A[cc, after 
ft momenl's pause. 

Could aha have niiliod Tor niort? 

She did MX it over acain. 

"Eh, Annie! that's rale bonoie. Whaur 
.did yc got itr" he taktd. 

"In an auld hnikie o' my faiber'a," aniivcicd 
■bo. 

•' la ihcro ony mair in 't like ii?" 

■' Jist Icam anithcr, will ye, nfbra the niorn'j 
nichl?" 

"I'll do that. Alec." 

"Ditina ye like ii, Curly?" naked Aloe, for 
Curly had aald nothing. 

"Ay, fegal (Jidlh)" woaCarly'a empfanlic and 
noeritical reply. 

Annie Ihereforo learned and repealed a few 
nara, whirh, if not receired wilh equal aaliafac- 
Ifon, yet gnre luffieienl pleasure to the liaieners. 
They often, however, returned to the tint, de- 
manding it over and orcr again, till al length 
they knew it n well n the. 

Dut a check waa given for a while to thete 
fcrcnighl raeetinsi. 




CHAPTEE SXin. 
BAPID thaw let In, and up through the vnn- 
hhinK whitcnesa dawned liie dark colors of the 
niatry landscape. For a day or two, tin autl 
wet wow lay mixed with water, rmsr all (be rond, 
After thai cnrao mire and dirt. But it waa (till 
■o far off aprin)^ that nobody CHrcd lo be re- 
minded of it yel. So when, nficr the anow had 
Taniahod, a hard black froat act in, it waa wel- 
comed by Iho »cbool-boy» al least, whatever liio 
old people and the poor people, and oapccially 
thoae who were both old and poor, may bare 
tbouitfai of the change. Under the binding pow. 
er of thi« frost, the aurfuce of the alnw-llowing 
Glamour and of the awifter Wan-Woler were 
once ninra ebilled and itifTuned to ice, whicli 
eieiy day grew thicker and aimnf^or. And 
now, there being no eovorlel of mow upon it, 
the boya came out in troops in their iron-ahud 
ilioea and their clum>y akalo. li> akim nlmi!' 
thoio floora of delicbt'ihat liie winter had Inid 
for them. To the Babe* the ico wa* a niirm 
lilanket caat over them to keep iliom fnmi the 
froat. But they miut have been dlamayed nt 
the dim riiih of mi many hum forma above ilicm. 
■a if another river with other and awful ftahea imd 
buried theira. Alec and Willie left their beat 
^-nlmoat for a time forgot it — repaired their 
tkatea. joined their achonl-fellowa, nnd ■hotalonH 
(ho aolid water with the banki flying paal iliem. 
It wna atrange lo aee the banbi> tliua from the 
middte auifaee of the water. All wna alrangn 
about ihem; and the delight of the KtrungGnu-a 
increaaed the deKjiht of ibe m'ltliin, uiid t^ni the 
blood lliroagh their vein* awift aa (heir flight 
aloiie the froion rlrrn. 

For many aflemoona and Inio the early nlghtf, 
Alee and Corly held on the Joyful apon, And 
Annie waa for (he time left lonolr. But ahn waa 
neither diaeiiniulate nor Idle. 'iTIie boat waa a 
■ura pleilite fur iheffl. To lliehoat anil linrliicr 
■oK roiam> She waul lo Ibe ahop Mill, Dow 



and then, to aeo Gjorgo Macwhn, who, of 
age bovond the seduction of ice and ikatoa, kept 
on aicmlily nt his work. To bim aim woald re- 
peat n ballad or two, at hia request, and then go 
home to increase her atock. Tbii was now a 
work of some difliuully, fur lier provision of ean- 
dlea waa e:ihauaicd, and she bod no money with 
which to buy mare. The last candle had como 
to a tragical end. For, hearing atcps npproacb- 
ing her room one morning, before she bad put 
it away in its usual tafcty in her box, slis hastily 
poked' it into one of the holes in the floor, and 
forgot it. When she sought it at night, it wat 
Rone. Her firai dread waa that sho had been 
found out ; but hearing nothing of ll, ahe con- 
eluded nt Inst that her enemies llic rolbmi had 
carried it olf and dorourcd it. 

" Doil choke them upo' the wick o' 'I'. " ex- 
claimed Curly, when alio told bim tlic next <laj, 
seeking a partner in her grief. 

Bnta Rramcr difficulty had to be encountered. 
It was not long before she had exhausted her 
book, from which abe had chosen the right po- 
ems by inaigbi, wonderfully avoidiuE by instinct 
the unsnltable, without knowing why, and re- 
pelled by the mere lone. 

She IhODght day and night where additional 
fmbuluia might be procured, and at liut came lo 
the moluiion of applying lo Mr. Cowie iha eler- 
eyman. Without conaulting anyone, she knock- 
ed on an nliemoon at Hr. Cowie'g door. 

"Cad laee I he minister?" she said to the maid. 

"I dinna ken. What do yoD waniF" waa 
[ho maid's reply. 

I But Annie was Scotch too, and perhaps per- 
I ceivcdihat she would hare bnt a small chiince of 
being admitted into the ininiatBr'apnisciicEif she 
eummunicnied Iho object of her request lo the 
servant. So the only replied — 

" I want 10 aec himacr, pin to please." 

"Wecl, come in, and I'll tell him. What'l 

"Annie Andcnon." 
" Whaur do ye bide 1" 
■' Al Mr. Brucc's, i' the Wast Wynd." 
Thamaid went, and presently returning wilh 
the message ihatahe wailo "gang np the atnlr," 
conducted her lo the atady whera tbe miniater 
ant — a room, to Annie's amaiemenl, flllod with 
hooka from the top 10 the bottom of every wnll. 
Hr. Cowie held out his hand to her, and anid— 
"Well, my liiilo maiden, what do you uHniy 
" Pk>aae, air, wad yc len" mo n anng-bnikT" 
" A paalin-book ?" said liie miniater, lieaiu- 
tlnslv, auppusing he hnd not heard nright, nnd 
ret doubling if ihit could be the corrcciinn of 
Ilia auriculnr blander, 

" Na, sir; I liae n panlm-bnik al heme. It 's 
n anng-buik that I want ibe len' 0'." 

Now the minister waa one of an olil school 
— a very worthy kind-hearted man, with noibitig 
of what hoa boon called rtHijioui tx/ierimre. But 
hu knew what unma of hia Lord's words raeani, 
and nmunc ihem eerlaln worda about llule 
i-liiidren. lio hnd n fouling likewise, of inor« 
insilnciive origin, thai to bo kind to little chil- 
dren wnann important branch of his ofllce. So he 









nhla 




chair, iHid Ilia pinmp cheek ngainil her thin 
whil" one, nnd aaid in the genllctt way; 

"And what do yon want a aoiig-book fofi 
ilkwiie?" 



A AI.I-X' FOiUJiCS OK ilOWGLEN. 

!.-u:i Kuiitii Miii^-»iMii ■•', »ir. liinna ve ' those instincti, strengthen them with auhoriij. 

ii.s.x. ..I; -n iiu KOiim-ki iliiitK>» lu a'lliv wurV, aiiil iHuniiiiatc them with rcTcIatioa Ckf their ovi 

- «w...-x ^. , fuiiduniCDtal truth. The best this Kood miiiMtr 

. .\:...u Ubl. !•» i!ii» turn* Ifuriicil tu lure louIJ du, wuji nut tu interfere with them. He 

ata..u.- •. .-h. Miii*«r ricr% ihiiig but Alec »u(i wun su mix iuutf lo hc]|i her, howerer, that, ptttlj 

J V -. I. , tu ^'aiii tome minutes fur reflection, puihr tu pk 

.\..,. Miini kiiiil f »«iif'i do vtf like ?** the \ the atoi!>:uncc of his daaghtcrs, he took' her bf 

»i. .. ■ 11.^1. uaLisi iu>ii«ti (•! n-j'liint;. j the lianii, nnJ led her to the dining-roon, where 

ilk. *ii: lai u->i that ^ar \v Kiiii, hir." | ten was laid fur himself end bis two grown-sp 

A. . '. ^ tomMri, Mir liHikcd up in hin tan* uiih | ^irlit. She went without a thonght of qneFtioD ci 

h.' .!•«. 1. . I.-HI Mm- r,«i-». And tin* niini>ii;i- 1m;- ■ u f(;c]iii|; iff doubt ; fur howerer capable she vu 

i^Mi t. I.I. lit-i uiii lurrrli iM-miiM; slit: \\u» h ■ of ordri in;; her own way, nothing dclighiedher 

.i.ii.. i.iii KsAUM- »hr MAM tiiiKciiild. ' niuiv thuu Mind submiwion, wbererer she fek 

- II.- «. i>iit|, iiiini?"hi* n»krd, iiticr a liitio . juHtitii-d in uclding it. It «'as a profound plest* 
\m»>^i ••! fU ttiiiii ymtmn iiiiu ihi* lii* f ni'ilti' rltild. , iiri! tu her not to know what was coming next, 

\m t,» 1 ••iil« Bits ihfHi. i diniiu ki'U ilie I iirovidcd sonic one whom she toTed did. So she 

«iiit..r . it.t iti ' ! Mit dtiwn lo xva with the perfect composure d 

Aii.i .1.. Will va^ liii'iii III .Ml. Itiuci'?" I Kuhmisbiun to a superior will. It nerer occorreJ 

- M, htm I, kii ! Ml lliut-r uad Miv 1 i\ii!i . tu her that >lio had no right to be there ; forhsd 
.t.iji I ii.i.iii.i P.n u h.Hi^ iiitiiiii, Ml, lor- for-- I not the uiinii^ier himself led her there? And 
I.II -t ill.. Ml. I III* I till* iiiiiii." , lii.<« dau^hiei^ were very kind and friendly. Is 

-- W.ii II I.. dill \iiii mn ilirui In f" l ihc eour>o of the nicni, Mr. Cowie having toU 

" 1.1 All. I'nihik mill \\ ilhi' MiirwliH. Thrv ' ihtin the ditKi'ulty he was in, ihcT said that per- 
il i>ibi.t>i •* ■'•••li. »i* I Hiiit liiri tik.' ill lull' iiu* hii|«ti they nii;;ht be able to tiiid what she want- 
l.« till III .i> (III I l.i|i, iitaiif miuiyy In ituiu. Aii>l ed. OY Muiiothint; that nii^ht take the place of it; 
I lik. li It. I.I III.. I and aluT tea. one of them brought two volamei 

" ii 11 1<. 11 iiiikt Imi.ii, biiii I\.' M.ii.l I hi* nil II- I'l' ItjilIiiiU of all ikTiK. s<inic ol J. some new, some 

IM. I " I.I ii.<t I.I ill. .-iMiiid III ili\ nil . ttkr M«nu' .Ni*u-)i. m^iuo Kn^li^h. and }iui ihcm into Annie's 

i.i.l N..I.-.. >iiM -liii ' liand>. a»k)n;: hor if that Kmk would do. The 

' 1 ill. III.. 1.111 .ti, tiiiil .Viiiiiit i\ III* ri-iiaiiiU t'hild eajii'iii i'|vned one of the volumes, and 

•Ii'i 1.. I I I ••li.ii 1m III! iiiit ^l.uii-od as A ivajre : it f>)arkled with ihc ri^iht 

n>.>- till, tiiiiii.'i. I jt •ii.|ii.iiiiiiiiii i' uiili iiiii t>ii! i»u' ti'lvil!ad-\«i rds. The Hcd, ihc color uIwsti 

lit. • I.I.- 1. I . . (.. ii.i.i iiM Biii'ili iiiil. Ill Ml ilmi. i«i' d('I:^hr. ^rc^% in her f.ice. 2>hc clo»ed lite 

••ii. 1. ii. ,.. I ii| I .-I.!...! Ill li.i. lii.i t..<.>k-.lii-l\ex« lss«k :;> i!' ^^.o i\ui\i r.ot tnis: herMtlf to h^ok at 

I- till ill. .1. i|.ti >i tMiiiH ikii'ii 1 lid di« t.'i i: xthito t iiU' :» \«<;:e k^,ikii:^ at her, and said with 

I.II I ill iiiiiit. t.i Hull. 1.1) lull MiliKii rt Mki' : 

• ' i> I i.iii iiii> ' l.ii.iiiii. I ••■I iioiii ti« * - 1 !;. r.-.v m .* Yv ^x.^'.na lii5«n tbcm ^'lA to 

|i li> i>. ii li.i.l in-i l.tiii il|.>ii«i|ii il lii| ii-aix. r,:.- * 

I , I.. ii.|, It II. III.. ii.>i ..M iiii irtiiii , I.II II M.i\ "\«->kl M .'.1." N^xl M;9# Cowie. '* I am sure 

i. 'I I I .•■•i<. il i(« I tl lli.il ii..itUl ill! .*>ti« \«Mi \\-..'. ..k.N, «''jL*\ >! :h«!B.** 

• I ■ ■• >I II l>>ii .iii'l |i- Mill liiili It 11 till till d " t' i% . «- ' * ..~ rti'^rTftNi Annie, with an 

• Il I - • Il II mill !■ t III.- .'1 .11 •■ i-i iilii-tii lilt !■«•!'«'«;« sr.l -rL'.::jii:,'C «.'! »c: },«:*« tbat madfi 

fi ■ III iiii- •! • 1 1- III III. I 1 1 iiiiiiiii|i lt.|ii .1 »;!\ ji. w*r»»vt: ;":c:'. Mr. v.\>wie c»bceiallr. 

•III I I ■ iii-|, .iici iiiii.uii. .itfi i.i-itM|4 Hi..i(ti \i Vii.. « / .:*' «.'"«: K.. ' A r.^iirc 1. 1 ncune>s uf 

t' f. >t iili ■ II ii.ii.ii !• iiii|, i-ii ili.> l<Miili «i<i- !■«•.«.«%««, ^;.'* 4> »«.:-; ..!,: ziTvr before exijeri- 

|>i.< I I -^li I III II li>> II .1 • It -III Inn. I II nil |»l,^. 

ii.ii I I il I I .lilt I i«.ii. .till lilt iio- i<-.iii 1-1 II. ■ -■• ^. ..'x-v>^ ^ .«.« '.' K'&sper lip CO her 
III ) iiiM lit -iii-l iiJ |i mil ,111.1 ■• iii>iiiiiili »«'«-ii' «"« ' N* 'W '•> •^>d^>i£XV!^ ID her ini/lf 

I ii -111 iMii^ till I ill- II- III iiiiiii r> t III.-. i-.i%- ■«'««• I ^ ;« %. 1.1c ^ttned dead, for 

■ I- III nil i>i|, ii» I l'... I I.III III I I--. »i-!":in 'Vi"-'^ 

il - i..,. I II 111 I.I . II III I 1. I I III. I iiiii4 \\ '. ■ « *..- «v>' .'vt^'v^ ^* M~ 3nio! that she 

■I I II I II I ■.•>!■ t\- iii.M ix-ii. !• i«i ' >■' .v^t ^* -^s* Ii 1 >»cfr. ut* Ddd up bis 

i< It I-. >.i III I III ii> i ti< I • ' t i.i I ■ > i« "-,*' Is' « ' ■' '• -Tw'inz&ctiiy esLX'rvNSCs 

\. .,i I. . I.I. t I.I II t« li.il I..- Ill -.•> ■ • i->-- i I '« ^v riK*u-i.Ar iTCdraorer or 

II 1.1 I |i... .'.. I. ..ii- ■•. ...I « K «.t ., .v:'i '< tl ti'" btf. remained 

« I .• ••■>." I II I 1 1 • ■. I \ • 1.4 .% . ■ I Tv' Sim 3i.'C A W ijfd lo 

II ■ I 1 - \, ■ 'i ■■'. .. I ' ' . ■« \ . .1.- I • : I i-.-.'.k '■: «<»%; r.'iv.' mini^ter,^ 

. , - I . .. .1 .. !i. . . . .»».».?•■,■,. ;.ii.>» i.vBi i!ic locin of 

I ■. .1 X\| ■•■n'lll' ..'I- ,.-i •.■!■% 

.. • ' I 11- |1 I ■■ ' ' ^p^ ^^ 

\ • I . «\ ■ ■» ■ I ■ . ■ ' 1 1 ■ ■ ■ 

"> ^ "••■'■•■ • ■' .... 1 ^. . ^ J \\:v 

■1 ■! I . - . ■ '■ 

I . '%■!»■ .» Vm «.ifc s\>siti ro dinner, 

. . - ■ I I . ■■ ■ '. .. .'i '. I .....•..•.>*... -L- -inii Mr. Mali- 



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I I ... t. , .-...■■ -.« . i\ :^..> ..'1 .!)«: Tuci'-bridAce 



%.« >«K -.««*i -j(ioQ lu iTuzen 



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« • t I 111.- i«iudler*s^ 

I -I ,. I <i , V « . -i> *«k;ili:ik What 



ALEC FOIiBES OF UOWGLEN. 



.inaJetlie bet nirpriring nai, thai tbescboUraso 
■ctttom cncountoreil ibe idmUt nnywiicro exce|jt 
InBchool. Alec thoughi (opus, but, the mc)mi:iii 
bit fuut wfu OD the briUge, iba muter lifted bim- 

,«cirui>> ■nd fuccd aroDDd. 

"Well, Aloe," he BaiJ, "where hove you 

"To get a now ilrnp for my skawhEr," an- 
(vcroil Alec. 

" You 'ro fund of akatuig — am jou, Alec ?" 

"Ve^.ir," 
. " 1 luod tA be nbon 1 was ■ bo/. Have jon 
liaU jour diDDer ?" 

" So, iir." 

" Tben I auppoM jonr mother has doI dined, 

" She aivcr docs till I go bumc, sir-" 
"Then 1 won't loiruila upon hct. I did mean 

to call lliLi aficrnoon." 

" Slie will be (017 clad to mis you, lir. Comu 

knil lake a ahnre of what ihurc i>." 
" 1 tliink I hnd belter nut, Aliw." 
" Uo, sir. I am lura Hhu will make jiou wsU 



lal 






of Mr. Malison'i life — the ichool hntf, which, 
both inwardly and outwardly, wu Tcry dlBi^reni 
fnini the other. The moment he was out ul'ibo 
•cbool, the moment., tJiat it, that bo teiaeil fur 
.the Jay to be res|>ODsiblB for the moral and in- 
tellcctaol condiiion of bia turbulent labjecia, ihe 
whole charncler — cettiiinlr tbe whole dcport- 
tuDnt of ihe man clungcU. He was now as meek 
and gentle in tpceuh and behaTior os any molb- 
'Cr ruuld have dcaired, 

KoT was the change a bypoFriiicat one. The 
mailer nercr interfered, t-r nnlv -iiiun rho rarest 
occaaioos when pressure fniin witliuiit was 
hrought to bear upon bim, as in tlie coao of 
Juno, with what the bjyB did out of icbool. lie 
nms alad anaugh lu accept uitcr irrciponsibiliiy 
for that portion of his time ; so that between the 
two parti of iha day, as thej passed through ilic 
life of the maiter, there wm almost as little con- 
nection OS between the waking and sleeping hours 
of a somnambulist. 

Bui, as he leaned orcr the roll of iho briJpo, 
.whither a rare impalM lo movement had driven 
ibiiti, his thoughts had Inrned upon Alec Forbea 
and Ilia antagonism. Uut of school, he eould not 
lielp f«i[ing thai tbo boy had not bei^n very far 
wrung, howoTcr sabrcriiTe of authority his be- 
Jiavtor had bucn ; but it waa not therefore the 
IcM mortifyinglotfainkhowiignallyhebad been 
discomllied by bim. And he wns compelled 
matoover to acknowledge to himself that it wns 
a merry ibnt Alec was not tlio buy to fuUow up 
his adraniai-e by beading — uu a |>i<ny againHi 
(lie masier, but the whole school, whieh would 
bare been ready enough to fulkiw such a vicio- 
rioiii leader. So there waa but «ne way of Kt- 
tiiig matters right, as Mr. Malison hul gonoRMiiy 
enough left in him to in'rcciro ; and that waa, to 
make a friend of hU mlversary. ludeod there 
I* Ibnt in tlip deplh> of ercinr human breast 
which make* a rccuncilinlion tfa« only victory 
that can pre tnia saii-racliofi. Nor was the 
master the ontr jtain"r by ibo resolve which iliu* 
■rose in his mind iln' v<rry moment Utfura hu loll 
AI«o'* iread upuu the btidj*. 




Tliey walked logetlier lo Ilowglen, 
kindly (he whole way; to which talk, i 
likely to which klndatss between them, a llllhj 
idcnt bad contributed as welt. Alec had thai 



success was alCribalablc. 1 forget iho pnsjnge^ 
but it had reference to the (etiioK of eailt, and 
Alec could not rest till lie had satisfied liimself 
sbuut its meaning; fur when w 
csled ia any ttaiDg, wa w 

ofien as it looms in sight. So be bad with some 
difficulty cleared awny the mists itint clung uliout 
the words, lill at length he beheld and und^nitood 
the fiict embodied in ihcm. 

Alec hnd never had praise from Mr. Maliaou 
before — at least none that had made any impres- 
■iun on him — and lie found It very swc«t. And 
through ibo pleasure dawned the notion ibat 
jcrhaua he might bo a scholar after all if ho |;avc 
his mind lu it. In this he was so far right: a 
fair scholar be might bo, ibongli a learned man 
he never could be, without developing an amount 
of will, and eSectin)! a degree of sclf-conqucsl, 
BnBidcnt far a Jesuit, — losing at the sntno time 
not only what he was expecially mode for know- 
inj;, but, in a great measure, wlial be wiis evpfr. 
cinliv made for being. Few, bowcvar, arc in 
danger of going so grievously agnliisl llie intel- 
lecirfal impulses of their nature: far more are in 
danger of foUoxiing Ibem without carncBtness, oi 
if earnestly, then with ilui ubsorpiiou of an eugct 
nass only worldly. 

Mrs. Forbes scciof; tlie picamie cxprcMcd on 
Alec's countenance, received Mr. MalinuQ with 
more than tlio usual cordiality, farjielling when 
ho wns present before her eyes what she hnd 
never failed to ibink of with bittcmca wbeu bo 
was only present to her mind. 

As Boon OS dinner was oicr. Alec mshcd off 
to the river, leaving bis mother and the m 
gcthcr. Mn. Forbes brought out the wbiahy-bol- 
tle,and Mr. Malison, mixing a tumbler of toddy, 
filled a wino-(tla(« lor his hoaicis. 

"We'll make a man of Alee some day yet." 
said lie, giving an ill-considered form to liii 
thuuglits. 

"'Deed!'' retarnod Mrs. Forbes, irritated al 
the Ruggniiiion of any difficulty in the wny of 
Alec's ultimate manhood, and tcrlinjia pliid of 
the opportunity ofi|«akinc Ixr mind — " 'Dei'd '. 
Mr. Malison, ye nindeabonniem ' ' 
o' bim a monlli ago. ll wnd set jo nvel to liy 
yer hand at mukiii' a man o' bim noo." 

Had Alec been within hearinir, lio would nev- 
er have let bin mother forget il ' , 
liod not she, tbo inmaculale, the reprover, fall- 
en hermlf Into ihe slough uf tho vcmnDultir? 
TliB fart is. It is easier to speak llie ti'uih III a 
fittoU, for il lies nearer lu tliu niiniileroallilos than 
n more conventional speech. 

I do not however allow that Ihe Scotch ia n 

Satoin In the ordinanr sense of llio word. For 
nd not Scotland a living llloralure, and that ■ 
high one. wiMn Kogland ouuld pruducs none, or 
next lo iiuiiu — 1 mean in the fiftconth ccnluryF 
But old niie, ami the introduction of k n 
polished form of ntieranct!, have siv«n to lh« 
4Scotch all the other Bdva^ta|^^■ nf a » 
nddi'i.' 






ll ibu ikniliii* « 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWQLEN. 



and lat reddening over liU toddy, which, not 
daring even to taste it, he went on Btirring with 
his tcKldy-ladle. For one of the diBadrantagcs 
of a broken life is, that what a person may do 
with a kind of conscience in the one part, he feels 
compelled to blosh for in the other. The des- 
potism exercised in the school, even though exer- 
cised with a certain sense of justice and right, 
made the autocrat, out of school, cower before 
the parents of his helpless subjects. And this 
quailing of heart arose not merely from the op- 
eration of selfish feelings, but from a deliquium 
that fell upon his principles, in consequence of 
their sudden exposure to a moro open atmos- 
phere. But with a sudden perception that his 
only chance was to throw himself on tlic gener- 
osity of a woman, he said : 

" Well, roa*am, if you had to keep seventy boys 
and girls quiet, and hear them their lessond nt 
the same time, perhaps you would find yourself 
in danger of doing in haste what you might re- 
pent at leisure." 

" Weel, weel, Mr. Malison, we'll say nne mair 
ahoot it. My laddie *s nane the waur for *t noo ; 
and I hope ye will mak a man o* him some day, 
as ye say." 

'* He translated a passage of Virgil to-day in a 
manner that surprised me." 

'* Did he though ? He 's not a dunce, I know ; 
and if it weren't for that stupid boat he and 
William Mncwha are building, he might be made 
A scholar of, I shouldn't wonder. George shonld 
have more scnHC than encourage such a waste of 
time and money. He *« always wanting some- 
thing or other fur the boat, and I confess I can't 
find in my heart t/> refuse him, for, whatever ho 
may be at school, he '• a good iioy at home, Mr. 
Ma'liiton." 

But the Bchv^lma^fer did not reply at once, 
for a light ha/i dawn'-d upon him : this then was 
the secret r/ Alec's tranrflations — a fie<'ret in good 
sooth worth hi* finding ont. One can hardly be- 
lieve that it should have lieon to the schoolmas- 
ter the first revelation of the fact that a practi- 
cal interest is the strongest incitement to a the- 
oretical acquaintance. But such was the case. 
He answered after a moment's pansc — 

** I suspect, ma'am, on the conirarj', that the 
boat, of which I had heard nothing till now, was 
Alec's private tutor in the passage of Virgil to 
which I have referred." 

'* I don't understand you, Mr. Malison." 

** I mean, ma'am, that his interest in his lioat 
mauc him take an interest in those lines about 
ships and their rigging. So the boat taught him 
to translate them." 

•* I sec, I see." 

** And that makes me doubt, ma'am, whether 
we shall be able to make him Icnrn any thing to 
good purpose that he does not take an interest 
in. 

** Well, what do you think he is fit for, Mr. 
Malison ? I should like him to Ik; able to Ijc 
something else than a farmer, wliatcver he may 
settle down to at last" 

Mrs. Forbes thought, whether wiw-ly or not, 
that as long as she was able to nmnngc the farm. 
Alec might as well be otherwiKo cinplnyfrd. 
And she had ambition for her 8on as well. But 
the master was able to mnke no d^^tiirite Mucges- 
tion. Aloe seemed to have no i<|N>ci:il qnMlifirn- 
tiou for any profession ; fur the luechunitai and 



constmctire faculties had alone reached a nol^ 
ble development in him as jet. So afker a loi^ 
talk, his mother and the schoolmatter had coma 
no nearer than before to a detennination of what 
ho was fit for. The interview, howerer, restonC 
a good understaDdlng between them. 



CHAPTEU XXV. 

It was upon a Friday night that the fna 
finally broke np. A day of wintry rain fblkmed, 
dreary and depressing. But the two bora, Alee 
Forbes and Willie Macwha, had a refuge from 
the Mmd commonly attendant on such weather, 
in the prosecution of their boat-building. Hence 
it came to pass that in the earlr evening of the 
following Saturday, they found themselves is 
close consultation in George Macwha's shop, up- 
on a doubtful point involved in the resamptioa 
of their labor. But they could not settle the 
matter without reference to the master of the 
mysier}', George himself, and were, in the mean- 
time, busy getting their tools in order — wlicn he 
entered, in conversation with Thomas Crann the 
mason, who, his bodily labors being quite inter- 
rupted by the rain, had the more leisuie appar- 
ently to bring his mental powers to bear opos 
the condition of his neighbors. 

'* It 's a sod pity, George," he waa saying as be 
entered, '* that a man like you wadna, ance for 
a', tak* thoncht a bir, and consider the en' o* a' 
thing that the sun shines upo'." 

** Hoo do ye ken, Thamas, that I dinna tak' 
thoncht ?" 

" Will ye say 'at ye div tak' thoocht, George?" 

** I 'm a bit o' a Protein tant, though I *m nae 
missionar ; an* I 'm no inclined to confess, 'Tham- 
as — meanin' no ill-will to yon for a' that, yc ken, 
added George, in a concilintor}' tone. 

"Weel, weel. I cnn only say that I hae seen 
no signs o* a sarin' seriousness ahoot jc, George, 
yc 're sair ta'en np wi' the warl'." 

'* Hoo mnk' ye that oot? Ye big hooecs, an* I 
mak' doors to them. And they 'II Imith stan'cftcr 
you an' mo, 's laid i' the mouls It 'a weel kcnt for- 
bye that ye hue a bit filler i' the bank, and I has 



none. 



n 



** Not a bawbee hae I, George. I can prav for 
my daily breid wi* nn honest hert ; for gin the 
Lord dinna sen' 't, I hae nae bank to fit* back 
upo'." 

** I 'm sorry to hear 't, Thamas, **fl(aid Cveofge. 
"But Guid guide's!" he exclaimed, *' there's 
the twa laddies, hearkcniu' to ilka word 'at we 



sav I" 



He hoped thus, but hoped in vain, to turn the 
current of the conversation. 

** A' the better for that!" persisted Thomaa. 
"They need to be remin't as well as you and 
me, that the fashion o' this warld passeth awav. 
Aler, man, Willie, my lad, can yc big a boat to 
tak' ye ower the river o' Deith ? Na, yo '11 no 
cnn do that. Yc maun gae through that watabod, 
I (looht ! But there 's an nrk o' the Covenant 
thiit 'II carry ye safe ower that and a waur flood 
to l>oot — and that 's the flood o' God's wrath 
against all evil-doers. 'Upon the wicked be 
shnll rain fire ond brimstone — a furious tempest.' 
Wo hid a gran' i^ernum npo' the ark o' the Cor* 
cnaut frac young Mr. Mirky last Sabbath 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLES. 



Yoci 



1 mjrK 



I 'm ubloefiod to jo," anawercd George; 
" but tba mucklo kirk dues weel enench Tor me. 
And ye kan I 'in precentor, noo, forbjc" 

"'I'lie muckle kirk !" repuatod Thomai, in ■ 
tone of coDlcDipt " What |nil jo there but the 
liry banc o' monilitj, upo' wKicli the win' □' tlie 
word has never btawn to pit lifo into Ilia pnir dio- 
jatkic skeleton. Como ye to oor kirk, an' ys'll 
get n roaiio', I can tell je, mnn. Eh > man, 
gin je war unco coDvertit, ye wad ken hoo to 
iina- It 'i DO great aini^n' 'at ye Knide." 

B<.>roro tlia conTeraatioD had reached tbia point, 
another listener had arrived : Ihn bias eyes or 
Annie Anderson were fixed upon the ipeaker 
from over ihe balf door ot the workihop. The 
driji from the thatchjtavea wai dropping npon 
her ahabby little ahawi as aha atood, but aho was 
nitorl)' heedlcw of it in tlic nbsorption of hcark- 
cniny to Thomiu Crann, who talked with author- 
ity, and a kind or hard eloquence of porauasion. 

I oilffht to explain licra that the miicilt kirk 
meant the pariah church ; and that the religious 
Bummanily to which Thomaa Crann beloni;Ed 
van one of the fint resulu of the prupngntion of 
English Independency in Scotland. TIk^sc In- 
dependenu wont cummonly by the name of Mi*- 
Mioimri in all that dlttrict i a name artaing a|i- 
parently fron) the fact that they were iho flrstin 
the neighborhood to advocate t<ie aciiding of 
miuionariei to the heathen. Tim i:!j)ilhet was, 
however, always iiacd with a coniidernble admix- 
tnrc of eon tempt. 

Tlininas ?" resumed Gcoriie, ufler a pause, still 
wishing to iitrn the cart-whcela ofiho converta- 
Tlon out of the deep mil in which the HtifT-neckcd 
Thomas seemed determined to keep them mov- 
ing. 

" Na ; we 'II bide a bit, and try the speerila. 
We *re no like you — forced to lat ower (iwatlew] 
oiiy jabblo o' lukewarm water that '■ been Btan'in' 
i' the snnl'me year'a en' to year's en', jilt becnuae 
the patron pleasea to stick a pump inlil 't an' ca' 
1 a wello'ialfRiion. We'll ken whaur the wa- 
ter corocn frao. We 'II losie tliom a', and chcvao 
accord in'." 

" WocI, I wddna like the trouble nor yet the 
rcaponaibtliiy." 

"I danrany not." 

"Na. Nut vol the sliame o' prolcnnin' to 
Jecd)!0 my bcltora," added Goorgft now a little 
ficlilcd, B> wa* gonorall/ tho ttsult U lait of 

■' George," aaid Thomiu aolemnly, "Dane bat 
them that has the ipeerit can ken the speorJt." 

With these wordj, he turned and sirado alow- 
ly and gloomily uot of the shop— no doubt from 
diKialiiraction with the malt of hjii attempt. 

Who does not »go that Thomas lind n huld of 
■omelhiiig to which George was altogether a 
«trani.-cr ? Surely it is someihins more to stnnd 
with Motes npon Mount Sinai, and sec Ihn back 
of God through ever so many folds of cloudy 
darkness, than ho sitting down to eat and dnnk, 
or rising up in play about llio golden calf, at the 
foot of (he mouiiinin. And Ibat Tliomna was 
poMessed of tome dlrjne secret, the hcnri of 
child Annie was porfccllf convinced ; ilio lona 
liaring • greater slinra In pm- 



«rhii a 



ducing Uiis coDviclioa than auy thing be had 
said. As he puucd out, she looked up rovcrent- 
ly at him, as one to whom deep things lay open, 
'rhoma* had a kind of gmfT gentlcneu toward 
children which they found very attractive ; and 
tbia meek maiden he could not threaten with 
tho viali of wrath. He laid hishonl heavy hand 
kindly on bcr head, saying : 

"Ye '11 bo ane o' the Lord's lambs, will ye no? 
Yc 'II gang into tho fold eftcr him, will yc no?'' 
"Ay will l,"«niwered Annie, "gin Uu'll let 
in Alec and Curly loo." 

" Yc maun mak nae bargains ni' him : but 
gin tbcy 'II gang in, bo '11 no hand them ool." 

And away, somewhat comforted, the honest 
atono-mason strode, through tho darkness and 
ho rain, to his own rather cheerless home, 
■here he hiid neither wife nor child to welcotni) 
lini, An elderly womnii look euro oThis honic, 
'hose haliilunl attitude toward him wot one half 
of a»-e and half of resistance. The moment bo 
entered, she left the room wtiere she had been 
aitting, without a word of welcome, and betook 
hcncif to the kitchen, where she prepared hia 
plate of itorridce or bowl of brosc. With this In 
one hand, and a jug of milk in the Other, alia 
soon returned, placing Ihem like a peace-ofkring 
on the tabic before him. Having complelud the 
arrangement ^^ '^° addition of a horn spoon 
from a cnpnoard in the wall, she again retired 
ill ailcnce. The moment she vaniahed, Tliomos's 
blue bonnet was thrown into a comer, nnd with 
folded hands and bent head he prajcd a sileut 
prayer over his homely menl. 

By this lime Alec and Ciirlr, haiinc received 
snffleieill inatruclion from George Maewbn, were 
in fidl swing with their boat-buitding. But llio 
moment Thomas vrent. Alec had taken Annie t» 
the force to get her well dried, before ho M'oiild 
allow her lo occupy hor old place in I he heap of 

"Whn'R proBCbin'at tho minion nr kirk the 
morn, Willior asked the boy'a faihTr. F<ir 
Willie knew every thing that took place iu 
Glamenun. 

" Mr. Broon," Boawctvd Corljr. 

" He 's n euid man that, ony gait," rHumed his 
father, "'ihoro'snic many like him, I think 
1 'II turn minionar myael', for anco and awn', and 
gang and hear him the mom's nlcht." 

At the same Iiniant, Annie entered lite shop, 
her face glowing with the heat of the forge mid 
the idensure of rejoining her friends. Kcrappenr- 
iincc turned ihe current, and no more was anid 
nbont the miiaiiinnr kirk. — Many minutes iliil not 
pnra iKHim she lind began lo re|>eal to Ihe oniter 
lislcnenoiieof iholwo new poema which alio had 
gotreadjr forlhom from the book MUsCowia bad 
lent bcr. 



CnAPTER XXVI. 
WiitTavEN effect tho remonstraneo* of Thorn 
as mighl or might not hare upon tho reil, Annie 
had heard enough to mnko her want to go to the 
miasionar kirk. For was it not plain that Thom- 
as Crann knew something that she did not know? 
and whore could ho have learned it bnt at rbeaaid 
kirk ? There must bo something giung on there 
worth lookint! into. Jiorhnpi there aho might 
Icnminst what she m'oded id know; h>r, hnn^ 



I 



I 




46 



ALEC FOUBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



u siic wafl, she would have been mnch happier, ' 
had it not been for a aomctbin;; — she could 
ncitiicr describe nor understand it — which al- 
ways rote between her and the hapjiinns. She 
di'l not law the blame on circuiniitunccs, tliough 
they mij^ht well, in her case, have bonte a 
part of it. Whatever wa% to her was right ; 
and sUf\ nr.-vcr dreamed of rebelling; n^oinst licr 
poitition. For sho was one of those simple 
creatures who perociro at once that if they are 
to set any thing right for themselves or other 
people, they muiit bcf^in with their own selves, ■ 
their inward lieinf; and life. So without knowin^^ i 
that George Macwlia intended to be there, with I 
no expectation of seeing Alec or Curly, and with- j 
out having consulted any of the Bruce family, she 
found herself, iif*i\y minutes after the service had | 
commenced, timidly ]ieering through the inner ' 
door of the chajKirl, nnd start in;v back, with min- ' 
glcd shyness and awe, from the wide solemnity , 
of the place. Every eye seemed to have dnrted > 
upon her the moment she made a chink of light i 
between the door nnd its {lost. How spiritually - 
does every child-nuturc feel the solemnity of the ■ 
place where ])eople, of whatever belief or whatever j 
intellectual rank, meet to worship God I The air i 
of the temple belongs to the poorest meeting-room j 
as much as to the grandest cathedral. And what 
added to the effect on Annie was, that the reputa- 
tion of Mr. Brown having drawn n great congre- 
gation to hear him preach that evening, she, 
|)ccping through the door, saw nothing but live 
faces ; whereas Mr. Cowie*s church, to which she 
wns in the habit of going, though much larger. 
was only so much the more empty. She with- 
drew in dismay to go up into the gallery, where, 
entering from behind, she would see fewer faces, 
and might creep unpcrceii'cd into the shelter of 
a f»cw ; for she; felt 'Mittle better than one of the 
wicked" in having arrived late. So she stole up 
the awful stair nnd into the wide g:iller>', as a 
chidden dog might steal across the rotmi to cnt^p 
iiiid'-r the ni.istcr's table. Not daring to look 
up. <-hc ivcnt with noiacless diffirnliy dr)wn a steep 
sti^por txvo, and )K-rched hifr^cli'tiniidly on the edge 
of a seat, beside an old lady, who had kindly 
made room fur her. When ^he ventured to lift 
her eyes, she found hers^df in the middle of a sen 
of heads. Jjut she «aw in the same glnntM! that 
no one was taking any notirc of her, which <lis- 
covery acted wond^rrfully n-i a restorative. The 
niininter was n;ading, in a «oieriin %*oire, a terri- 
ble clinpter of denniif-iatinu out of the pniphet 
Isaiiili; and Annie wa't siion fU'i/cd with a drr-p 
listening awe. 'i'he scvrrity of rhe clinpter w;t«, '• 
however, considerably mollified by ih'i gMitJe- ' 
ness of the old lady, who put into her liiind a 
bible, smelling sweetly of dried ^tarrv leave* nnd 

• * I 

southern wrjod, in which Annie followed the r^nd- j 
ing word for word, feelin;r widly eond'-nm' d if | 
she hapiicned to allow her oyts to wand'-r fir a j 
single moment from the li'iok. Aff-r tf.«; I'ing '. 
jirayer, during which they all aun**] — a |.«*-fiir'! 
certainly more reveiontial than the sitting v.-fiir-h ' 
so commonly passes for kneeling — nnd ilie long I 
]>salm, during which they all sat, the •/•rmnn Ij*:- ' 
gnn ; and again for a moment Annie vnrured ■ 
to hK>k up, feeling jinHeeted from fffdiind by 
the back of the Iicw, which rcaeh'id high u\iftvo. 
her head. Before her she «aw no farj'. but that f4 
the minister, between which Hnd her, lieyfind the 
front of the gallery, lay a guify )*|»acf>, where, 



down in the botton, lat other listeninir 9oa7i, witb 
upturned faces and eyes, nnseen of Annie, all 
their regards converging upon the conntenaDceof 
the minister. He was m thin -faced codaTtroni 
man, with a self-aeTcre sainti v look, one to wbon 
religion was clearly m reality, thongh notsoclearir 
a gladness, one whose opiniona^-Ta^e, half !!»&• 
strous embodiments of tmth — helped toirirchia 
a consciousness of tlic life which spmng from § 
source far deeper than his conscioasnai eooM 
reach. I wonder if one will ever be aUe tonnder- 
stand the worship of his childhood — that reveriag 
upward look which must hare been founded on • 
reality, however much after experience nay hsit 
shown the supposed grounds of reverence' to be 
untenable. The moment Annie looked in the 
face of Mr. Brown, she submitted absolutely ;fhe 
enshrined him and worshiped bim with an nw- 
fill reverence. Nor to the end of her days did 
she lose this feeling toward him. Tme, she caoe 
to see that he was a man of ordinorj statnre, 
and that some of the religions views which be hold 
in common with his brethren were dishonoring 
of (j<>d, and therefore could not be cicvnting to the 
creature. But when she snw thenc nnd other like 
fans they gave her no shock — they left the reflex 
of the man in her mind still nnV|iotted, nnim- 
piiiri'd. How c<mld this be ? Simplv became 
they left unaltered conviction that tliiit man be^ 
lieved in (sod, and that the desire of his ovi 
lienrt brought him into some real, however db- 
<K'finable, relation to him who was vet nearer to 
him than that desiie itself, and whose pre^ence 
hnd cansed its birth. 

lie chose for his text these words of the 
l*snlniisr : *• The wicked hhall lie turned into hell, 
and all ilie nations that forget God.** His wnnoB 
wns h-st: ponilenius in const i action and mnltitndi- 
nousin di virion than usual ; for it consisted si mpir 
of nnswers ii» liie two questions: **• Who are the 
wicked ?*' and ** What is their fate ?*• The answer 
to the former (piestion was, "The wicked ar« 
those that forget God ;" the nnsw*cr to the latter, 
" The torments of everlasting fire." Upon Anl 
nie the sermon pro<luced the immediate connc- 
lion tlint she was one of the wicked, nnd thatsho 
was in danger of hell-fire. The distress generated 
by the cMilier part of the sermon, however like 
that oeciiMwi.cii by the chapter of propheev was 
f-onsiderably mitignted by the kindness of an un- 
known ham', which, a]>pearing occnsionallv over 
ii<'r 'ihoidder from behind, kept up a counterHctive 
ministration of ])ei>prrniint lozenges. But the 
ie[iresentations grew so mnch in horror as the 
sermon apjiroached its enil, that, when at last it 
was over, and Annie drew one long brenth of ex- 
haustion, hardly of relief, she became aware that 
the peppermint lozenge which had been f:iren 
her a rpiarter of an hour before, was lying still 
undissolved in her mouth. 

What had added considerably to the eflvet of 
the preacher's words, was that, in the middle of 
the Mirmon, she had, all nt once, caught sight of 
the face of George Macwha diagonally opposite 
to her, his eyes looking like ears with the inten- 
sity of his listening. Nor did the rather comical 
epi«u>rle nf the snuffing of the candles in the 
lefl«t interfere with the solemnity of the tragie 
whole. The gallery was lighted by three e9r» 
ttnnr of tallow candles, which, persisting in grow, 
ing long-nosed nnd dim-sighted, had, at xmtr- 
ing ficriods, according as the necessity revealed 



ALEC FOKBES OF UOWGLEN. 



ilKir to a ccnnin lialf-wiited indlvidaal of th« 
congregsiiDii, ui In; moddtd laborioiulf. Wiib- 
oat liiBiiig & wonl lliat thu preitclicr iittereil, 
wBtched iho proccw intenily. Wlioi 
U luilicroDi wu, Ihac llie niikn, hnving 
lip hia waapon with the nir of a |noui 
icr, ami having tippeil the cliMulelJer to- 
ward him, hcgan, froni the o|>aniIii>n of Hilne 
:utt sjtmpnthr, la open the fnufTen and bia 
D moutn ■imalianeoDsif ; and bj the time 
black dcvonnag javri a! tin BnnfrerB had 
reached their rnll sti-cich, bii own jam hnd be- 
aomcLliiri); draconlilte and bidcons to be- 
hold^-vhen both ahat nilh a conrnlsive map. 
j&dd UI th'n thai he wnii loog-siKhtcd nnd often 
~ laod n eandis aoreral tiinn before he Eoeceed- 
in tnnffinft it, wheruupon the whole of [h« 
opening and iihattiDg proccM had To be repealed, 
•omoiiiDra with no othor rcinli than that of 
•nnffiiij: the candle out, whii'b bnd ilicn lo lie 
pulled froni 111 socket nnd applied lo thu n?xi 
fcr re-illuminniion. Bui norliinc eoold b« far- 
Iber from Annio'ii mood ihnn a lan^h or cren a 
snila, though nhe gaiad at if she wore fw^ina- 
" ' by the «nafr«n, which were ditadfully like 
of the demons in n wwnd-cnt of the VBlley 
of the Shadow of 1>.-Hih in iha"Pilgrim'j( ProR. 
RM." without iioardt, which had bdonged to her 

When all liad reand — when the prayer, the 
ringing, and tho iiniil benediction were over, 
Annie crept out inio the dark street as if into 
tiie OnKr Uarkntv. Hhe fult the rain fulling 
upon (omoihing lioi, bnt the hardi; knew that 
U wnt lier own cheek* that were being wclEctt 
Vj the hearj' drops. Her lini impulm wn> to 
" I to Alee and Ciirlr, pat her arms about ilieir 

•kt, and entreat them to lloe from the wrath 

come. Bnl she conld not find ihem to-night. 

Q muit KO home. Fur hcractf slio wan not 
much afraid; for there wng a placo whvni 
i heard as eortainl; ai at ihc meroy- 
of old— a little garret room namely, with 
I10I0S in the Soar, out of which came rnu ; but 
with a door u well, in at if bich came the pray, 
ed-for eat. 

Bdi alas forpoorAnnleand herchapcl-goinf*; 
All she was creeping ilowty np from slop to step 
Id the dark, the leelingoameotether that it was 
no longer ngolnit raw, nnr jat agninsi evil thinga 
ilwelllng in the holes and nirners of a neglecied 
orld, ihat she hnil to pray. A spirilual 
s seated on the throne of the unirorsc, 
cnlled Gad — and to whom should she 
pray against It i Amid the dnrkneas, a deeper 
-■-irlineMfBll. 

She knell by her bednitle, bni ahe f^nld not lift 
np her heart ; for was she not one of thom that 
forget GodTand was dio not thcnrorc ivitkedf 
and waa tkot Qod angry with her OTory day ? 
Wo* not tba face that tiie coulil not pmjr, a cer- 
tain proof that she wa> onl of God's faror, and 
counted unworthy uf his notice f 

Bill iliuro irai Jems Christ : she wnald err to 

m. But did she bolioro in biro? »he tried 
bard to cunTinco hemcir that she did ; but at laat 
ahc laid her weary head on the bod, and c">iine<l 
in her yoitng despair. At the moment, a mailing 
fci the darkness broke the sad silenoe with a throb 

Hha started to her foci. She was 
tmsod to ail the rats in ibo unkorse now, for 
ODdwasangrywithhsr, aBdshaoMil4MI|H«)r, 



" What gan ya mak sic a din i' Ihc hoose o' 
the Sawbatli nicht?' screamed Hn. Bruce. 

Bot little did Annie feel the reproof. And « 
littla did she know that Uie dreaded rats had this 
time been the messent^ii of God to drive lici 
from a path in which lies madness. 

She was forced nl length to go to bed, where 
God made her tlcep and {ot^i him, and the rn 
did nut coma near hor again that night. 

Curly and Alec had been in the chapel too, 
bat they were not of a icmpcraiaent lo be dis- 
turbed bj Mr. Brown's disc 



cnAPTER xxvn. 

LrrTi.E as Murdoch Malison knew of the 
worlds of Ihonglii nnd tisiliiig — Annie's among 
ihcrest — which lay wiiliin those yoongfaDca and 
forms assembled the next dny as uinal, he know 
almost us little of the mysicriea that lay « -"- 
himself. 

Annie was haunted all day with the thought 
of the wratli of God. When she forKnt it for m 
moment, it would retam again wiih a sting of 
acuiai physical pain, which seemed 10 pierce her 
liciirt. Bi-furo school was oi-or, she hod mada 









And bcfuH! schoal wus over. Malison's own 
deed bad oiienod his own eye*, had broken 
throngh the cruse that luy bolwocn bini and the 
riiion of his own chnrsotcr. 

There is not tu be (oand a more thorough 
iropenonaiion of his own tlieok)|ty than a Scotch 
acboolmasier of the luugh nld- fashioned tyjie, 
Uis picunre was law, irresiiectifo of right or 
wTonir, and the reward of snbmisiiian lo Taw was 
immunity from nuniihnient. Ue hnd his favor- 
ites in various degrees, whom ho chose accord- 
ing to inexplicable directions uf feeling ralifliHl 
hy "ihe freedom ofhis own will." These found 
it easy lo please biro, wliile Ihuso with whom be 
was not primarily pleased, found it imposaillc to 

Now there had come lo Ihe school, about a 
fortnight before, two nn happy-looking little twin 
orpiians, wiih while thin faixs, and bones in 
I heir clothes instead of Icf^and arms, corotDillcd 
lo iho mercies of Mr. Malison by Ihcir grand- 
father. Dent iato all the angles of a gnusbo[>- 
per, and lean with ancient poverty, the old man 
tottered nway with bis slick in one hand, stretch- 
ed far out to support his ■tooplng frame, and 
carried in liie olbor the cap* of the two tbrsakcit 
urchins, saying, as he went, in ■ quavering, 
croaking voice — 

"I'll jitttok' thom wi' me, orthey II no befit 
fur Ihe 8awbaih aboon a furlnichi. They 'i« 
terrible Inddics [0 blaud Iiniil} their clovs !" 

Turning with difflcolty wlien lie bad rcncliod 
the door, lie added: 

" N»o ve jist gie them their whn[« wcel, 
Mni'ter Mnlisimi for ye ken that bo that sparelb 
ths nid. blauiloili the balm." 

Ttini niiih'irized. Malison epnninly did "gia 
tliem ilieir whiifis weH." Befuro the day was 
over, ihev had ttirtli lain shriekinu on the floor 
tiBdw Dm wrtm ofiba Uah. Anitaehfot 1 



I 



ALU: wfAonin or H0WGLE5. 



tint! • liriliiil, iiulf N/J »t^mv9»n u^ v*.r«. aa*! 

(•,.>ki>i n'l pl'lful Mfi'J V/»«/J. ?f.4< fJt^ 'XT. Zf'X 
lit 1|- iliii>t> iii|' II rinir* f.i|T» -^MTt f .- :..« "iri 

Iflfit iiitip-i iiiiiTi \,t,*ir %*^A tr*a* ;.« zre^UA.^ 

I lii III 4 liiir 

Milt. Ill jiint|i« t#, VfaiifyTi. Ar«'i!^i/r fa/t ia«; 
U nil III !••(•» 'I, wIj'»i. ultji/r*/;. iri'ort«t«*'-r,: vi:;i 
(ii« •iiii |iii« r'"/riJi«J, wiH Mi i^^lft *r,u*iAltJtt.r 
«iiit 'ill < 1*1 lii'f/ir m| •uI^/iI -mUtwis \^>t\t ^ifnhg. 
AU*-» H>i'«ii( II wfik, fJiirin^ ivhi'-h thf-T ha#J I^ah 
wlii|«|it-'l nlrti'fcf ' VI rr 'Inv, t^i^ 'irjihAnw caDi% U# 
•• ImhiI inh H "iM Hfiil a t«'rrilii<: I'Mifch. 'J iicn 
liii 'ftf.-' r*fifit |iii|«ila tfi-v tic. limn who hju U/tii 
ini'l iii'l|f'i nri'l friM:l «'«<-'-iili«in«'r, f<'«-«Jiri{; \tU 
*i< tiiri« -vMli li'(ii'frif-'' lili tlicir fficr:* w.-re ktaio- 

l<'l tilli !•« '-Killlfintl''''. 

'I Im* iiM Iiiiliit4 iif M-v»rity, whirli }i:u] }iOCli in 
■iiiiM* iiM N«itM> iiit< itriiltf'iJ, liii'I rfliirti(:<J iijitin 
liitii '.iltli ({Htli'-inil ■irftiytli, nn<l tiii« dny Annie 
ttiiu fii Ihi iiiin fif fli" vif-lini*. Fur filtitotif;!i lie 
wiMiM nut ilnrn III ivlii|i Ikt. Ih> uim iiIkmiI to in- 
i>nt tiin HlmniM Df iiiiikiiiK llii« diiv, )K^rviir]<Ml as 
ll «^ii«, IIii'iiikIi nil it« ii|iH<N*N of liiiic imd lif;lit, 
nl'ii ilin rinnn« iif lli<* niTinun nIi(< liail hcnifl the 
nil? Ill liciiiM', ilin nidHt wriMiihc'il liuy ilmi Annie's 
mill lll«* liinl v<*t RiH'ii. IimIim'i], nliliiuiKli hIk* 
III! I'm nil) |in«ai*il iininjr linin* wirrciwfiil dnvft, 
«lii- ii-<iii liiiil III |iii«« I IMP Nil nlti'rly miMTiiliic. 
i'iii' •ipiiiN «•(' I III* pit HtTtiiril III hiivr lirokeii 
)iiiii.ii iiml ni|,<i| Mniilnrli Miili«iiirii sflitioj-ritoni 
^^iili tlM> ■jii>ni|i iit'ilii>ir liin iiml hnni>ti)n(\ 

A« >:li<> wilt Imitihi^ fur ni'liiHtJ tn In* nvor, tlint 
«lin nti'ilit I'lillfiu M iilriti uliirli ii;iil ii ^lininiorof 
1ii>l<i> hi if. «iti)M*|lri| with hiM- liiUirin^ ihongliiK, 
mill iM i-ii-i>ifH« niih uii'ti'lii'ilnrNx. hlio tVU fust 
p«livp sill* wnt i(iit«i>il |iy n i^niini hlow from 
till* t-Mt^-r, iliiii|! \\\\h iiniMiini! niin ni ilio Imrk of 
hi-i I'll-' l«>Miili<i| iirM-k. Slip •ipniii); u]i with n 
r« « . •»«»il. tiMiiMii'u Inm^mtii !»liM«p nnd Icnvr, 

(«,.,* ,1 It'll M iMirii ti« Itiko till* li'rtthcr Minko 
•■I. k !•' I'v* mnxtn. Hut win* uonid h.txo I'allon 
(,, ,.,.■•■»'.• ,«i,i| |l)i> li-iiii Imd ni»t AK'i' » :iucht liov 

• M 'm* -vni*. Ill* iPMVlli'il hi'l. iind t:)kiii); t!* 

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•^ If .• ••»,» f\iint !'|M'ii hini \t.i'n^«nV t';5iA. 
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■J ISA bo«% 

vus VM zhA Geaenl't ^nuhKmxt, mm tkej Mid; 
>&: zzA*t •v., ryjit* <£ pof It Uriimg «cr la 
fa.1.'. &> :•*£& aer eara aad fri^rfhn her aoltfai 
A&: *xftji:^re. Wcfic of all, whm had tow ii 
:>fc£<,k. «.:& erery ajTimigr of pnriiiiw, ■ 
'yii^tjJL iA :he maftcr^t leapcrf fiw more paii- 
f ^i tz^a iLc bad m aeeiiy boch fnMB ita awStr 
an*! iu conieqiieDeca. 

A »inaii djua of mere children, anong wboa 
were I be orphan Tmffeya. had been commiBid 
to lite care of one of the Ufiser boja^ while ik 
iiiaA:er wa» engaged wiib another claaa. Etot 
Lot in tbe Utter bad alreadj had hia abare cif 
pvMilitg, wben a noiie in the childiea'i daa 
bttractinir the master'a attenticHi, he aaw one d 
the Trutfeyif hit anoiber bor in the faee. Bi 
htrode u]ton bim at once, and putting no qB» 
lion an to provocation, took him bj the neck, 
fixed it between bif kneea^ and began to U 
him with hi^iinR blows. In hia agonj, tbc litth 
fellow rontrivod to twist bia head about and ffi 
A mouthful of tbe master*a leg, inaerting hii 
teeth in a moi»t canine and praiaeworthj naniNt 
'J*Ik! niaritcr caught bim up, and daahed bim « 
the floor. There tbe child laj motioolca 
Aiarnu'd, and consequently cooled. Malison pi» 
cceded to lift him. He waa apparently ]^*les: 
but ho hiid only fainted witb ]jain. 'Wben ki 
nime to liinisclV a little, it waa found ibat hii 
IcK was hurt. It appeared aftemard tbat ike 
knee- nip wna K^^^^tly injured. Moaning vitk 
]iiiin, he was Mint homo on the back of a Ugptf^ 
inh M'holnr. 

At nil this Annie stared from licr pillory vitk 
horntr. The feeling that God was angry witb ber 
^rvw u]>on her ; and Murdoch Malison becaai 
for A tinio insi'imrably associated with her idesi 
of lu>ti. fiigbtfully bewildering all her aspin- 
tionit. 

The nia>tor still looked nneasy, threw tbe 19 
into hi> iii>k. and beat no one more that dsr. 
IndiH^d. only half an hour ofachoolume was left. 
A» Mxm ns that xva« over, he aet off at a sviif^ 
inp yacc for the oU fn^ndfaiker'a eottage. 

\Vh;;t ]>.ns9>od tlicro was fierer known. Tbi 
other rri'.tf'i'y came to school the next day si 
usual, anil told ihrU\\-s that his hixttljer ww la 
Ivd. In ihAt bed he lay fciT manv veekiL and 
xttiW} WIT tlic vihits i\ic nafser pmid him. Thii 
diti iTinrh with the to«'n»fiiik to vipe away u 
T^^*'.vn.-^. They Fpokc of tbe a&iir a» aa as- 
t\>:-iririsi:( nrcidiri. and paxied the 
rwr more than Uic «:ffcrfr. 

W'hiT. ai )crph :bc }<<«■ Vr 
bftvr ].i> hr«i. ii yipcjim; iiT^iUYxt ihaLciiber 
:K-. r.£.'. r.r.ski;.:r.: :r»i:mrT)i.. cc as the wnsntais- 
Uf( rrsi.'.: .•:' i:< ii^*^"^' he w^i&ic he a er^fie^ 

:-.tv 

TfT iTir.sK-Tf pmrrt". hfiirrioT w«» oenuL? 
n<.-»'. t'C^ I; 'i.i'^ r**in<*p<;of*nrf nf Lis far; knsil 
I'll" v.iTp; I'.roi Ki'tort- :iu fnl: 



r.-.Arrr.Kxmn. 

V iM-^ AriTii; ii><TiiiJ:*L frnni her httiiJBl 
MifMiv l|^i; iv't ■'( ;iir iinii. imvei. is 

*. .i->>*v« «i.Mr>^ i\ •'.Tm.lPtinT. Xluin son 

rx -It. ri«>i.. .ti iir *u% I- iiiiu hands enaU 
n^-.iiiii^.".. No: :!>uii. tiu attontioaa of JLkc 



ALEC FORBES OF UoWGLEN. 



UixioDil)' odcrcd hi loon a> they wero out of i 
■chool, rcftcb bnlf so far lo coniota her u they I 
night once have reached; Tor «uch wu her i 
■eiiK oC condcmnatioD, tbni «hc dared not tnko 
pleainro in anj thin^. Noihiug else was vanb I 
minding iill •omelbing wtu done about ibot. 
Ths thoQKhiof havinj: God against her took the j 
lieari out oF every thing. — As loan as Atcc Icfi i 
her, »\k ivnlkcd willi lianging bead, pale face. ' 
■ud mournful ejes, itnught to Mr. Cuivie'i door. < 
She was adtnillcd at oncp, sad ahowa into the 
library, wbi^ra Iha clergjiDan sat in the red dusky 
glow ofiho Qrelight.aipplag a glass of wino, and 
looking very mnch like an ox-animnl chewini: 
ud; for tho meditation in which the good 
indulged over bis wino was seldom norlhy 
loT being characteriied othcriviio ihau as menial 



.■cply touclied by a kindness nhich foil lika 
npon the parching misery of llio day, Annie 
burst into tears. Mr. Conic vaa greatly dia- 
'ttc«4ed. He drew her between hii knees, Inid 
liii check agninit hers, a* nos his way with chil- 
dren, and laid wich soothing tcndcmcES : 

" Walanal what 's the mailer with my datr- 

5?" 

Aflcr SI 
saccceded 

matter, mnch ioierrupiod with sobs and ficsli 
Oatbaiita of weeping. 

" Yesoe,Bir, I gaedlost nicht lo the missioniir 

. 10 hear Mr. Broon. And he proocbed a 

gran' sermon, sir. Bat I haena been able to bide 

nyscr lin' syne. For I doobt I 'm ane o' iha 

wickod 'at God hates, and 1 'II nerer win' to 

haren at a', far I eanna help fon^uln' him 

■while*. An' iho wicked 'II bo turned into hell, 

iftid a' the nations that furget God. That <vai 

■ text, sir. And I canna bide it." 

In the bosom of the good man rose a gentle 

Indlgnatitin against Ihs ■cbiEmatici «ho hud 

,lhus lerriRed and bewildered that sacred belnc. 

nnid'child. But what could ho naj ? Ho 

ught fur a moment, and beioolt bitosclf, in 

perplexity, to bin common ocnso. 

'Yua haven't forgoilcn your father, hare 

jon. Annie 7" said he. 

"I think aboot him mail! ilka day," onswered 



■' Yw, «ir.- 

"Do you think ho woohl bo anmy with liia 
■bild bscaute Iha wu so much taken np niili 
ker books or her pUy— " 

I neror play at uny thing, «ir." 
Well— with leAming ton^ to »ay to Alec 
Forbes and Willis Macttha— da yon ihlnk )w 
wonld be angry that yon didn't think aboni him 
that day. especially when you con'l »m! him ?" 
" 'Ucod tui, ilr. He wadnn bo sac lair upo' 
a that." 

What would ho say. do Yon ihink f 
Qin Mr. Brace «-ar lo ca*t It np till n 
wad any: ■ I.al alano tl<i< tiiwie. 8he '11 
^nol mo the mora — tiinn uncnrli." " 

" WrII. don't yua think your Fatlier in hcaien 
would wy the 



"And u not God kinder than your father?" 

" Ho canna weel be that, sir. And there 'a 
the Scripter !" 

"But he senl his only Son lo die for as." 

"Ay — for the elcok, iir, " returned the Utile 
Ihcologian. 

Now this was more than Mr. Cowio was well 
prepared to meel, for cerlninly this terrible doc- 
trine was perfectly developed in the creed of the 
Scotch Church; ilie assembly of divines having 
sal upon the scripture egg till tbej had hatched 
it in their own likeness. Poor Mr. Cowie I 
There were the girl-eyes, blue, and haiy with 
learFal qnestioo, looking up at him hungrily. 
itarrtng titllc brother* and sisters I God docs 
love you, and all shall b?, and therefore is, well. 
But tlio minilKir could not say this, gladly as 
ho would hai-e said it if he could ; and the only 
result of his cfTorls to Gnd a suitable reply wab 
that ho lost his temper — not with Annie, bni 
wiih Ihc doctrine of elcciion. 

"Gang ye liamc, Annie, my bairn, "said he, 
talking Scotch now, " and dinna trouble ycr beid 
aboot clcGlion, and a' that. It 's no a eanny 
doctrine. Ko mortal man could erer win at the 
boddom o' 'i. I 'm thinkin' we haenn muckle 
ID du wi' 't. Ganf; hamc, dawlie, and say yer 
prayers lo be piescrrcd frne tho wiles o' Sawtan. 
There 's a soxpence to ye." 

His kind heart was sorely grieved that all it 
could give was money. She had nsked for broad, 
and bo bad but a atone, ns ho though^ lo gire 
her. So l>u gave it her with shaBie. Ho might 
however liuve revcncd Iha words uf Ki. feier, 
taying, "Spiriiaal aid I have none, but such as I 
hare giro 1 iboo;" and ko offered her tho six- 
pence. But, for my part, I think tlio sixpence 
had more of bread in it than any iheolo|;y he 
might hnvo been eipeoted to have ai hand : fur, 
so given, it was the symbol and the sign of lure, 
which is tho heart of the divine ihcology. 

Annie, howorcr, had a certain Scoichncts in 
her which made her draw back from the offer. 

"Xa, thank yc, air," she said; "Ididnawaat 

"Will ye nolak' it lo plea 
bairn ?" 

"Deed wilt 1, sir. 1 wad do a bantic mail 
nor that to please yon." 

And again the tears Dlled her blue eye* as »lic 
held oni her hand — receiving in it a shilling 
which Mr. Cowie, for more relief lo hi* own 
bnrdened hean, had sabstilated for the sixpence. 

" Ii '* a shilhn'. sir 1" she said, looking np at 
him wiih the coin lying on her open jioIid. 

"WesI, wbatfbrno? Ii a shillin' no a tax- 



I 



"Ay.f! 



it'*t 



!l, Annie," said the old man, suddenly 
elevated Into prophecy for the child's need — for 

I he had prereedlcNted nothing of the sort — "may 

, bo whan God offers u> a aaxpencc. it may turn 
oot (n Im iwa. Good- niche, my baira." 

IlutMr. Cowie was rorclydhwaiisfled with him- 

, nelf. For not onlv did he perveiro that Iho heart 
of llio child eonlil not be ihn* sntiified, bill he 

I began to feel anmeihing new ■Hrrins in hi* own 
bMom. Ilie fact «m ihai Anni" wu* fnnher on 
Aan Mr. CoHTie. 8bcwas*ohild laukingaboM i 



BO 



ALEC FORBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



to find the face of her Father in hcarcn : he was 
hot one of God's babies, who had been lying on 
his knees, receiving contentedly and happily the 
good things he gave him, bnt never looking up 
to find the eyes oif him from whom the good gifts 
came. And now the heart of the old man, touch- 
ed by the motion of the child's heart — yearning 
after her Father in heaven, and yet scarcely Xtc- 
lieving that he could be so good as her father on 
earth — began to stir uneasily within him. And 
he went down on his knees and hid his face in 
his hands. 

But Annie, though not satisfied, went away 
comforted. After such a day of agony and hu- 
miliation, Mr. Cowie's kiss came gracious with 
restoration and blessing. It had something in 
it which was not in Mr. Brown's sermon. And 
vet if she had gone to Mr. Brown, she would 
have found him kind too-^very kind ; bnt sol- 
emnly kind — severely kind ; his long saintly face 
beaming with rcligioas tenderness — not human 
cordiality ; and his lienrt full of interest in her 
spiritual condition — nf>t sympathy with the un- 
hnppiness which his own teaching had produced ; 
nay, rather inclined to gloat over this unhappi- 
iiess as the sign of grace bestowed and an awak- 
ening conscience. 

But notwithstanding the comfort Mr. Cowio 
had given her — the bei(t he Iiiid, ])oor man ! — 
Annie's distress soon awoke again. To know 
that she could not be near God in f)CHCo and love 
without fulfilling certain mental conditions — tliat 
ho would not have her just as she was now, filled 
her wi'h an undefined but ♦crriblv real miscn*, 
only the more distressing that it was vn«rnc with 
the vagueness of the dismal negation from which 
it sprung. 

It was not however the stren;;th of bcrlovc to 
God that mode her unhap])y in being thus liuiTcd 
outfromhim. It was rather the check thusgivento 
the whole upward tendency of her being, with its 
multitude of undefined hopes and longings now 
drawing nigh to the birth. It was in her iileal 
self rather than her conscious self that her misery 
arose. And now, dearly as she loved Mr. Cowic, 
she bc^nn to doubt whether he knew much about 
the matter. lie had put her off without aiif^wer- 
ing her questions, either because he tlicuglit siic 
hnd no business with such thin^ or bccuuse he 
had no answer to give. This latter possibility 
added not a little to her unhappiness, for it gave 
birth to a fearful doubt as to the final safety of 
kind Mr. Cowic himself. 

But there was one man who knew more 
about such secret things, she fully believed, than 
any man alive; and that man was Thomas 
Crann. Thomas was a rather dreadful man, 
with his cold eyes, high shoulders, and wlicezing 
breath ; and Annie was afraid of him. But she 
would have encountered the terrors of the Valley 
of the Shadow of Death, as surely as the Pilgrim, 
to get rid of the demon nightmare that lay upon 
her lM)som, crushing the life out of her heart. 
^»o she plucked up courage, like Christian of old, 
and resolved to set out for the house of the Inter- 
preter. Judging, however, that he could not 
yet be home from his work, she thought it 
better to go home herself first. 

After eating a bit of oat-cake, with n mng of 
blue nitk for kitchie {Ltitin ^* obsonium"), she 
retired to her garret and waited drearily, but 
did not try to prax. 



CIIAFFER XXIX. 

It was very dark bj tlic time aha kfttk 
house, for the' night was dricKlr ; but ihe kv 
the windings of Glamerton almost as well ■ tt 
way up her garret stair. Thomas's doom 
half open, and a light was shiniiif; fnm ik 
kitchen. She knocked timidly. At the ^ 
moment she licard the Yoice of ThomaifrK 
the other end of the honse, which conslMeddk 
of A Init and a ben. In the ben-end (di v 
originally, hence better room^ there was boI^ 
Thomas often sat in the chu-k. 

*'Jean, come ben to worahip,*' bt etal 
roughly. 

** Coniin', Tliamas,** answered Jean. 

Again Annie knocked, bat ^i ^i^ vite 
result. Her knock was too f*entle. Atei 
moment's pause, dreading tliot the intaU 
prayers might interfere with her pngedt ih 
knocked yet again ; bat a secK>nd tw— y 
knock was overwhelmed in the gmff caA rf 
Thomas, sounding yet more percmptoiy ika 
before. 

'* Jean, come ben to worship.** 

" Hoot, Thomas, liae patience, man. I cob 
come." 

''•lean, come brn to worship direcklj.'* 

*'I 'm i* the mids' u' cleanin* the shoe. I 
hac dooble wark o' Monondav, \-o kea." 

♦* The shune can bide." 

'* Worship can bide." 

** Haud ycr tongne. The shnnc can hUk.* 

**Na, pa, they canna Mde." 

*'Gin ye dinna come ben this minnti^ II 
hae worship my lane." 

Vanquisiicd by the awful threat, Jean dnp- 

d the shoe she held, and turned her ipto: 
ut having to poia the door on her way id At 
ben-end, she saw Annie standing on the thra^ 
old, and stop|>ed with a start, ejacuhi^big : 
I " The I^rd preserve *s, lassie!** 

*'Jean, i\hat are ye swcerin* at?" crirf 
Thonuis, angrily. 

"At Annio Anderson," answered JcaaMi' 

]»ly. 

** What for are ye siiccrin* at her t I Yn lac 
she 's a douce lassie. What does the biin 
want ?" 

*• What do ye want, Annie?" 

*' I want to sec Thomas, gin tc please," a- 
s we red Annie. 

** Sho wants to sec yon, Thomas^** scranri 
Jean ; icmarking in a lower Toicc, ''lie's* 
deef 's a door-nail, Annie Anderson." 

*' Lat her come in, than," bawled Thomss. 

** He *8 tcllin* ye to come in, Annic^** said Jesv, 
OS if she had been inter|)reting his words. Btf 
slic detained her nevertheless, to ask seTeral SB- 
important questions. At length the Toiee of 
Thomas rousing her once more, she hastened to 
introduce her. 

*' Gang in there, Annie," sho said, thnnriie 
open the door of tlie dark room. The child ow 
tcrcd and stood just within it,, not knowing ens 
whore Thomas sat. But a voice came to btf 
out of the gloom : 

*' Yc *rc no feared at the dark, an je, Anne? 
Come in." 

*' I dinna ken whaur I*m gaein.'* 

** Never niin' that Come straucht forel. 1% 
w atchin' ye." 



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SI 



r Thomd* hnd been lilting id tbo dirk till 
te could Ko in il (wliich. however, is not an in- 
inriablo recati), while out of ibe tiiile lij^hi An- 
tfo hul como into none M all. But alic olicTed 
■oico. nnd went "raight forward into ihe 
'^rk, evidently mucli la Ihe Mtisfaciion of 
Thomiu, who, Beiilni; her ann with ono band, 
~ '1 the other, horn; and hearv, on lier liend, 
■"Jing ; 

" Noo, my laat, ye 'II ken what faith incaTii<. 
Tfhon GodiellsyD to gnngimo iho mirk, gang!" 

" But I dinna like the mirk," said Annie. 

"No human «owl nra," rcBpouiled Ttaoma*. 
"Jean, Tcm a can'le direckly." 

Nof Thomas was an enemy to CTery 111 irk that 
ecnild be, jauly or unjustly, called I'pmtiiion; 
mod this ihereforc wu not Ibo answer that mi|;b( 
lUTe been expected of him. But ho had bepun 
>rith the symbotio and mystical in bj* refcpiioo 
«f Annia. and perhaps there was samethinK in 
tho lately chitdiihncss of her nnconscioni faith 
(while thoall the timo thought Iiemlfa dreadful 
unbeliever) that kept Tbomai to Ihe simplicities 
of ihe myatical part of hi) nature. BMides, 
ThomoM'a mind wai a rendetmni for all ex- 
tremee. In him they met, and aliowcl that 
tboy met by HghtinK all day lonjt. If yon 
knocked at lii< Inner door, yon ncrar mntd 
'-" what would open it to yun — all dcpcndini; 
vhaE happened to be vpfiermctl in tlio wrcs- 

The candle ww bruoKht, nnd set on tho tabic, 
Jbawing two or three Bermilum plant* in the 
wjodo*. Why her ayes should ha»o ftscd upon 
thcK, Annio tried to dlseoTcr afterward, when 
as more uwd lo iliinking. But she conld 

ill, except il were (hat they wore so scraggy 

mud wretcheil, half drowned in the darkncta, and 
halfhlanehe4 bytha miserabla ligbl, and ihcre- 
fiira ronsi bate been very like her own rcellnipi, 
IS ihe aiood before the nngsntlo but not uakiod 
Ronc-maKon. 

"Weel, lB»>ie,'' said he, when Jean had re- 
tired, " wboi Jo ye want wi' mo V 

"Jean, gao butt tin hoose, direckly," cried 
Thomas, on the mere chance of his actendani'a 
banng lingered at the door. And the toand of 
her reireailng footitqi^ ihongli managed with 
■11 possible care, Immedialely juntifled his loa- 
plriun. This intnmiplion turned Annie's loon 
^(idc, and when Tbomu spoke next, she was 

"Noo. my haim," ho mI<I, "what's the 
liner?" 

" I was at the minionar kirk last nicht," fal- 
tered Annie. 

"Ay I And the sermon look a grip o' yoT 
Kae doot, noe doot. Af ! Ayl" 

' canna help rorgottin' At«, Tliomas." 
lai ye maun iryand no Torgel him, InHio." 
ao t do. But il 's dour wuric, and 'must 
tnipu»ible." 

"Sae it maan aye hei to ibo anld Aidam 
ImpOKibloi lo lbs young Cbriitian a weary 

Hope began to dawn npon Annie. 

"A body mieht han a vbancn,' site uknt 
with modilaiiro snirseslion, " allouin' 'at the did 
ilfargethim whilear 

"Naa doot, Inscie, The nations ihal forgot 
Ood are Iben that Uinn* euf, that nerer (Mb 



llieir beida, or llirir lierla nitlicr, aboot bini— 
tbcm that were neTcr callcil, never chosen." 

Annie's trouble rettu^ed like a sea-wave that 
bad only retired to gather strength. 

''But hoo'a a body to ken whether she is ana 
o'lhc dec'?" she said, qnakinf;. 

" That '• a hard maitter. It 's no needfa' lo 
km 't nforehan'. Jist lat that alane i' the meati- 



II I CI 



a Int il 



aUnc. It 'a 
Could ye 1( 






kI' aiiber a'lliegithei 
Thomas?" 

Thiit home-thrust prctontcd any qucationini; 
about the nccond clause of her answer. And 
Thomas dearly loved plain dealing. 

"Ye hne liio there, laffiie. Na, I cadna lat 
it nianc. An' I never did latitalane. I plagni: 
the Iiord nicht an' day till he toot me ken." 

"I tried hard last nleht," said AQaie,"liut 
the roltans war ower mony for me." 

" tinwtan has mony wilca," said the mason 
raflectii'clr, 

"Do ye think tbcy wama rottotis?" asked 

"Ow 1 nae dooL I danrsny." 

" 'Cause, gin 1 thorbt Ihcy war only dsils, I 
wadna care a buckio (jitriminkte) for ^em." 

"Il '■ mucklo the same what ycen'Ibem, gin 
ihev en' tou frne the throne o' i^ce, lassie.'' 

"What am I to do than, Thomas?" 

" Ye maun baud at it, Inaue, jist as the ponr 
niduw did wi' tho unjust judge. An' gin the 
Lord hears ye, ye 'U ken ye 're ane o' Ihe elcc', 
for it 'a only his own elcc' that the Lord dis hear. 
Eh) ^Msie, tittle ye ken aboot prayin' an' no 

Alas for the parable iTThomas'a tlicories were 
to be carried oul in iu exposition I Fur tlicy 
would lead to the condusiou that the Lurd anil 
the uiOost jndce were ono and tbo sntno pcnon. 
But it is oar divine aspirations and not our iii- 
tcllcctnal thcorie< that nacd lo bo can'ted out. 
Tlra latter may, nay, mast in somii mcaautD per- 
ish ; [be fonner will be found in perTBCI har- 
mony with tho divine Will; yea, true though fniiic 
echoes of that Will— echoea tnim the unknown 
caves of our d<«pcst hnmaniiy. where lie*, yet 
■wathod in darknewt, ilio divine image. 

To Thomiis's words Annie's only reply was a 
fixed gaio, which he answered Ihnt, resutning 
his Inst words : 

" Ay, Inaaie, little ye ken aboot watchin' and 

fniyin'. Whnn it pleased the Lord to call me, 
was stan'in' my lane i' the mids' □' a poat-tnos*, 
Inikin'wast, whiiiir tlio ann bad left a reid liohl 
nhin him, as gin he had jist Iimnt not o' tbo lift, 
nn' hadnn gniw doon Bva. An'ltmin'dme o'thu 
ilav o' Judgment. An' there 1 stoid and luikii. 
tilf the llidit itscl' doid ooT, an'nactbing was loft 
bnt agrny sky all' a fcow siatsa iniil'i. Aa'tho 
clwds gel hired, an' the lift grew black au'mirk; 
an' the haill eouniry-dde vainiahed, till 1 fcent no 
inoro aboot il than what my iwn fbel conld an. 
9wcr tar. An' I dauma muv for the ft»r o' (ha 
te walletn (■»tfjyBS joagmir 

Uan'. Tlie lee-la '■ 

kneeled upo' niy t-i 
I he I-ord Tor jrraoo. 1 forgot a' aboot okclion, 
an' cried jisi as gin I eonid gar him hear mu by 
bnudln'et him. An'l'lhe morain', whau the 
lichi cam', I faund Ibat my hco was lo the rliin' 
sun. And I orap goto' im bog, ■n'hMMtom; 



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12 ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 

ain hoosc. An* ilka body *at I met o* the road, ! prayere rather abmptljr, clambered into bed, oi 
took the titlier siilc o' 't, and glowert at me as was soon fast asleep^ 

gin I had been a i;haist or a warlock. An' the And in her sleep she dreamed that ihe rtoodii 
bairns playin' aboot the doors ran in like rabbits the darkness of the same peat-moM whidi hadkU 




bed, and loot my wark stan', for wha cud work hard to pray, but she could not. And d» 
wi* damnation hingin'owcr his hcid? An' three down in despair, beset with the terroiB of i 
days gacd owcr me, that nothing passed my lips frightful holes full of black water which she U 
but a drap o* milk an' water. An* o' the fourth , seen on her way to Glamerton. Bat a bori 
liay, i' the eftcmoon, I gaed to my wark wi' my | ciimc out of the darkness, laid hold of hen^ ssd 
lu-i I swimmin' and my hcrt like to brak for vcrra lifting her up, led her through the bog. Aodii 
gLiidncsH. I wcu ane o* the chosen." '■ dimly saw the form that led hen*, and it wm tfatttf 

" But boo did ye fln* that oot, Thomas ?** asked a mun who walked looking upon the earth. Ad 
Annie, trembling. .' she tried to see his face, but she coold not, farh 

'* Wcel, lassie," answered Thomas, with solemn , walked ercr a little before her. And he fed ka 
conriction in every tone, **it's my firm belief '■ home to the old farm. And her father caiaet* 
ihiit, say what they like, thero is and there can | the door to meet them. And he looked Jn«tk 
be bat oneway o* comin' to the knowledge o* that ' same as in the old happy day*, only that his (m 
secret." I was strangely bright. And with the jor of seeac 

** And what 's that ?** entreated Ann!?, whose her father she awoke to a gentle sorrow that ^ 
lifu fiecmcd to hang npon his lips. ! had not seen also the face of her dclircrvr. 

'* Jist this. Get a sicht o* the face o' God. I The next evening she wandered down to Geocft 
It *B my belief, an' a* the minnistcrs in creation *11 j MacM'ha'a, and fonnd the two boya at woik. Ste 
no gar mc alter my min*, that no man can get a had no poetry to give them, no stories to te]ltbe% 
glimp*o' the face o*God, but ane o* the chosen. ' no answer to their questions as to where die M 
I 'm no sayin* 'at a man *8 no nnc o* tlie dec* that | been the night before. She could only stand it 
hasna had that favor vonchsaufed to him; but j silence and watch them. The skeleton of the boa 
thii I do say, that he canna ken his election grew Iwncath their hands, but it waa on the met 
wi'oot that. Try ye to get a siclit o* the face o' crs and not on their work that her gaze was fizei 
God. loMie : syne ve '11 ken and be at peace. ' For her heart was burning within her, and ihi 
Even Moses himscr cudna be saitlsfced wi'oot i could hnrdly restrain herself from throwing hff 
that." nrms about their necks and imploring tbcB ti 

** What is't like, Thomas?" said Annie, with - sock the face of God. Oh! if she only knew iha 
an eagerness wliicli awe made ver}' Rtill. | Alec nnd Curly were of the elect I But tbcj 

'*No words can tell that. It 's nil in the only could find 'that ont. There was no war fat 
spscrit. Whan ye sec 't, ye '11 ken 't. There's ' her' to }>eer into that mystery. All she oonildi 
no fear o' mistukin' that/^ , was to watch their wants, to haye the tool tkif 

Teacher and scholar were silent. Annie was needed next ready to their hand, to clear an? 
the first to si>eak. She had gained her quest. | the spales from before the buny plane, and tola 

** Am I to gang hame noo, Thomas ?*' in wait for any chance of pnttinf* to her link 

** .Ay, gang hame, lassie, to yer prayers. Hut I < strength to help. Perhaps they were not of tk 
doobt it 's dark. I '11 gang wi* yc. — Jean, my clei-t! She would minister to 'them therefoie- 
shune !" , oh, how much the more tenderly ! 

** Na, na ; I could gang hame blinllns" re- ** What 's come ower Annie ?** said the one H 
monstraU:d Annie. ' the other when she had gone. 

'* Ilaud yer tongue. I'm gnein hame wi'ye, But there was no answer to be fonnd lo (ki 
liairn. — Jean, my shunc !" ' question. Could they have understood 

'* Hoot, Thamas ! I 've jist cleaned them," . had told them what had come over her? 
.•screeched Jean from the kitchen at the second ! 
(all. 

•*Fes« them here dircckly. It 'k a jcedgmcnt 

on ye fi)r sayin' worship cud bide better nor the ' mi ATyrtro -v^v-ir 

shunc." I L.UA1111.K A2UL. 

Janet brought them and pnt them down sulkily, i And so the time went on, slow-paced, with in 
InnnothcrminutethegreatshoeSjfullofnailshalf I silent destinies. Annie said her prayers, lead 
an inch broail, were replaced on the tired fcer, her bible, and tried not to forget God, Ahl 
and with her Hoft little hand clasped in the great I could site only have known that God nerer ftr 
homy hand of the stone-mason, Annie trotted got hor.whether she forgot him or not, |*iyiDgbcr 
liomc by hisside. With Scotch caution, Thorn as ,' sleep in her dreary garret, gladness eyen in Mor- 
as soon as they entered the shop, instead of taking doch Mah'son's school-room, and the light of life 
I'/nvc of Annie, went up to the connter, and ni>ked ■ everywhere ! He was now leading on the Uea- 
for an '*unce o' tobawco," as if his appenrancc ' cd kasou of spring, when the earth would be 
alone: with Annie were merely accidnntal ; while almost heaven enough to those who had paaed 
Annie, with perfect appreciation of the reticence, through the fierccnesis of the winter. Evennov 
mil through the gap in the counter. ilic winter, old nnd wcai^', was haltinfv away be- 

Shc was so far comforted and no much tired, fire tlie sweet approaches of the spring asnabol 

that she fell asleep at her prnyers by the bedside, of that eternal Kpring l>eforc whose slow fimtrtrp 
Prenently she awoke in terror. It was Pus^y how- De.ith itself, ** the winter of our discontent, "ihsfl 
ever that had waked her, as she knew by the green vnnii«h. Death nlone cnn die everlastingly, 
eyes lamping in a comer. But she closed her . I liave been diffuse in my account of Ann***' 



(Rnl ninior m Khno), bccmiio whni imprnKd 
her ihuuld iropres!) tliuso who ntiid her history. 
It U her reflex or circamitRocc, in a erent meas- 
UTO, whi(.'h mnkcslhst liiatorr. In regard la,thU 
tf ponion of her life, I have liiila mora to say than 
4 thnt by JcgrisM the school Incnme leu irksoms 

■ 10 her; thai she grew taoro iniereatcd in her 

■ arork; tliat sumo of iba readin^'books contained 

■ extracU nhich aho could enjoy ; and that a 

■ taiu: for reading began to vnko in her. If erer 

■ ibemtne lo school will) her lcs«on unprepared, it 
t was bocaufc some book of travel or history hud 

had aitroetians loo sirong for her. And all that 
p day she wonld go about lilto a guilty thing, op- 
f pressed by a sense of downfall nnd neglected 

■ doty. 

I With Alec it was very dilTircnt. He would 
often Hnd himself in asimilurcasc; bal the neg- 
4Mt would make no impression on hiseonacieneci 
«r if it did, ho would struggle hard to keep down 
the tense of dissatUf-iction which airoTe to rUe 
kllhin him, and otijoy himself in spile of it. 

Annie, again, accepted such M her doom, 
ftod went aboat gently unhappy, till neglect was 
fcrgotten in performance. There is notiiing 
■hat can wipe ont wrong but riflht. 
' And allU she haunted Oeoree Macnha'i work- 
riiop, where the boat soon bc^gnn lo reveal the 
hllgraceof its lorcly outline. Of all th« works 
pf man's hands, except those thai belong to art, I 
ft boat is the loveliest, and in the old semteoftho 
mrd, the UotUnt. Why is this? Is it thnt it 
b bom between Wind nnd Water? Wind the 
hther, ever casting himself into mnttitadinous 
4 of invisible tides, taking bcnnteous form 
I the sweep of a " laiy-paced cloud," or em- 
Ddying a transient informing freak in the water- 
mi, which he draws into his life from the bosom 
his mate; Water, the mother, risible she, 
■epinfc and swaying, erer making and erer an- 
Bade, the very essence oF her being — beauty, yet 
luring no form of hor o^Tn, and yet again man- 
ifesting herself in the ceaseless generation of 
|Mssing forms? If the boat b« the daughter 
of these, the stable cliUd of visibla and invisible 
•obtlely. made lo lire in both, nnd shape its 
Weady eoune bolneen their rarying and con- 
flicting forces — if her Ideal was modeled be- 
■Iweon the Bap oF airy pinions and the long ranc- 
Ing flow of the serpent water, how could the lines 
irformfail ofgroco? 

ar in this case were the magic inHaenees cf 
! wanting 10 mould and model a bont which 
from prow to stern should be lurclyand fortunate. 
As Pandemonium 



ALEC FORBES OF nOWGLEN. 



1 his rnbbits' barrel K 



ihmcms, of the 
a her way, and 



CM dulol (jiBpluiila uid rol» ivm," 

la lillle boat prew to the tonnd of Annie' 
voice attorlni! Dot Runie Rhymes but old Scotch 
ballads, or <aeh few street English 
new reretation, as floated across ' 
fobled ihcir butterfly wings 

I havo already said thai reading liei-ame a 
great delight to har. Mr. Cowie threw hi> lihrn- 
ry, with very little rMtrlction, open to her ; and 
bonks iihl nnd new were nil new lo her. She 
carried erory fresh one hnw' with ■ aenso of 
riehe* and a feeling of ujitljMitii whieh I can 
ill describe, She gloated orer ihe Ihnnglil uf 
i^ as she held h tiithi in lier hand, with fiidiniM 
MWiiibUng, and yet how unlikB. ihuae of Johnny 



hare compelled him to share. Now that tl»e 
days were longer, she had jilentr of time to rend ; 
for although her so-called guardians made cut- 
ling remarks upon her idleness, they had not yol 
compelled her to nutsing or needlework. If alio 
had shown the least inclination to either, her lib- 
erty would hare been eone From that moment ; 
but, with the fear of Jnmos Dow before Ibeir 
eyas, they let her atone. As to her doing any 
thing in the shop, she was far too much of an 
alien to be allowed lo minister in the lowliest of- 
fice of that sacred tcmpbl of Mammon. So she 
read every thing sha could lay her hands upon ; 
and as often as she found any thing peculinrly 
interesting, she would take the book to ibu bunt, 
where the hoys were always ready to listen to 
whaierer she brought them. And this habit 
made her more diiccrninE and choice. 

Before I leave the school, howercr, I must 
give one more scene ont uf its history- 
One raid-day in spring, just as the last of • 
hail-showcT was passing nwnr, and a sickly sun- 
beam was struggling out, the schoolroom door 
opened and in came AndrewTruff^y, with a limib: 
un his worn face, wliich shone in touching har- 
mony with the watery gleam of the sun between 
"' " " " hail-storms — for another was close at 
[e swung himself in on the new pirol of 
his humanity, namely his cratch, which everyone 
who saw him believed at once ho was norermoro 
lA go without, till he sunk wearied on the rawl In 
the grore, and hod to bo carried the rest of ilia 
way. Ue looked very long and deathly, for be 
bad grown much while lying in bed. 

The master rose hurnodly from hu dcak, nnd 
odranced to meet liim. A deep siillncas felt 
n|ion Ihe achotars. They dropped alt ihcir 
work, and gnied at the moetinK' The master 
held ont his hand. With awkwardness and 
difficulty Andrew presented the hand which hud 
boea holding the crutch ; and, not yet thorough- 
ly nicd lo Ihe management of it, staggered in 
consequence and would hare Fallen. But the 
master caaght him in his arms and carried him 
to his old seat betide his brother. 

"Thank ye, sir," said the boy with another 
glesmy smile, through which his thin feniiim 
and pale, prominent eyes told yet more pluinly 
of sad suffering— all the master's fanlt, as the 
master knew. 

" Ijcuk HI the dominie," said Curly to Aire. 
" He's greitln'." 

Fur Mr. Malison had murticd to hit teat and 
had laid his head down on tlio desk, evidently 
to hidu his emotion. 

" llaud yer tongue, Curly, Dinna Icuk at 
hitn," rcinmod Alee. "Ue 's sorry for poor 
■IVnlfcy." 

Eve rr ona behaved to ths matter that doy wlih 
marked roapeei. And from that day fortvnrd 
TnilTey was in universal favor. 

Let me onee more aaiert thai Mr. Malison 
was not a had man. The misfortune was, tliat 
his notion of right foil In wi:h his natural flcrce- 
netsj and that, la afQEraration of tha too cntn- 
mon fvelins with which he had coninieneed hia 
relations wiih his puiiilx, ninuly, that i hey were 
not onlv ilie natnrxl enemies uf the master, bnt 
iliorulun of aU hw, iliMiki|7 had m 



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ALEC FOBBES OF HOWGLEX. 



tnught him that they were in their own notarc 
\md — with a badnesH for which the only set-off 
h^ knew or coold introduce was blows. Inde- 
pendently of ODT remedial quality that might be 
in them, these blows were an embodiment of 
jnsticc; for '* every sin," as the Catechism 
teaches, " desenreth God*s wrath and curse both 
in this life and that which is to come." The 
luaatcr therefore was only a co-worker with God 
in every pandy he inflicted on his pupils. 

I do not mean that he reasoned tlius, but that 
such-like were the principles he had to act upon. 
And I most add that, with all his brutality, he 
was never guilty of such cruelty as one reads of 
occasionally as perpetrated by English school- 
masters of the present day. Xor were the boys 
ever guilty of such cruelty to tlieir fellows as is 
not only permitted but excused in the public 
schools of England. The tawse, likewise, is a far 
less cruel instrument of torture than the cane, 
which was then unknown in that region. 

And now the moderation which had at once 
followed upon the accident was confirmed. Pun- 
iihmcnt became less frcqneut still, and where it 
was yet inflicted for certain kinds and degrees 
of offense, its administration was considerably 
less severe than formerly ; till at length the boys 
said that the master never put on black stock- 
ings now, except when he was " oot o' white 
anes.*' Nor did tlie discipline of the bchool suf- 
fer in consequence. If one wants to make a 
hard-mouthed horse more responsive to the rein, 
he must relax the pressure and friction of the 
bit, and make the horse feel that he has got to 
hold up his own head. If the rider supports 
himself by the reins, the horse will pull. 

But the marvel was to see how Andrew Tnif- 
fey haunted and dogged the master. He was ns 
it were a conscious shadow to him. Tiiero was 
no hour of a holiday in which Truffcy could not 
tell precisely where the master was. If one 
caught sight of Andrew, hirjding down a passage, 
or leaning against a corner, he might be sure the 
master would pass within a few minutes. And 
the haunting of little Truffcy worked 80 on his 
conscience, that, if the better nature of him had 
not asserted itself in love to tiic child, he would 
have been compelled to leave the place. For 
think of having a visible sin of your own, in the 
sliupc of a lame-legged boy, peeping at you round 
every other corner ! 

But he did learn to love the boy ; nnd therein 
apjioarcd the divine vengeance — ah ! how differ- 
ent from human vengeance ! — tlint the outbroitk 
of unrighteous wrath reacted on the wrong-doer 
in shame, repentance, and love. 



PftlMlfti Hoo 



CHAI^TEU XXXI. 

At length the boat was cnlked, tarred, and 
pnintod. 

One evening as Annie entered the workshop, 
site heard Curlv crv, ** Here she is Alec!" and 
Alec answer, ** Let Iier come. I 'm just done." 

Alec stood .It the stern of the liont, with a pot 
in one hand, and a paint brush in the other; 
and, when Annie came near, she dlHcovcrod to 
her surprise, and not a little to her delight, that 
be was just finiKhing off tlic lu.st e of "The 

BOHHIB AXKI£." 



i **There/' said he, *« that *» her 
de ye like it, Annie V 

Annie wns too much pleased to reply. She 
looked at it for a while with a flush on hier face ; 
and then turning away, sought her usual seat oa 
the heap of spales. 

I How much that one winter, with its dragoni 
: and its heroes, its boat-building and its rhymes, 
. its discomforts at homo and its coosolaiioDS 
abroad, its threats of future loss and comforts 
: of ])reifent hojie, had done to make the wild coaa- 
! try child into a thoughtful little woman! 

Now who sliould come into the shop at the 
moment but Thomas Cninn! — the Teiy man of 
nil men not to be desired on the occasioa ; for 
the boys had contemplated a certain ceremony 
of christening, which they dared not carrr oat 
in the presence of the stone-mason ; withoat 
which, however, George Macwha was reij 
doubtful whether the little craft wonld prore a 
lucky one. By common nnderetanding tbej 
made no allusion to the matter, thus postponing 
it for the present 

**Ay! ay! Alec,'* said Thomas; "sao jer 
boat 's biggct at last !*' 

He stood contemplating it for a moment, not 
nithont some hardly perceptible signs of admira- 
tion, and then said : 

" Gin ye had her oot upon a muckle water, do 
ye think ye wad jump oot owcr the sido o' her, 
gin the Saviour tanld ye. Alec Forbes ?** 

" Ay wad I, gin l' war ricfat sure he waatit 
me." 

"Ye wad stan' an' parley wi* him, nae 
doot ?" 

*^ I bude (bcliaved) to be richt sure it was his 
ain scl', vc ken, an' that he did call me." 

'* Ow 'ny, laddie ! That 's a' richt. Wecl, I 
houp ye wad. I aye had guid houps o'ye. Alec* 
my man. But there may be sic a thing as loupin' 
into the sea oMifo oot o' the ark o' salvation ; an* 
gin ye loup in whan he docsna call ye, or gin ye 
getna a grip o' his ban*, whan lie doci^ yo to 
sure to droon, ns sure *s anc o' the swine that ima 
heedlong in and perished i' the water." 

AIcc had only a dim sense of his meaning^ 
but he hnd faith that it was good, and so list- 
ened in respectful silence. Surely enough of 
sactX!d as well as lovely sound had been utter- 
ed over the boat to make her faithful and 
fortunute ! 

The hour arrived at length when Tke Bommt 
Annie was to be launched. It was one of a 
bright Saturday afternoon, in the month of May, 
full cf a kind of tearful light, which seemed to 
say : " Here I am, but I go to-morrow V* Yet 
though there might be plenty of cold weather to 
come, though the hail might fall in cart-loads^ 
and the snow might lie thick for a day or two^ 
there would be no more frozen waters, and the 
boughs would be bare and desolate no more. 
A few late primroses were peeping from the hol- 
lows damp with moss and shadow along the 
banks, und the trees by the stream were in 
small young leaf. Tliero was a light wind fall 
of memories of past summers and promis«!s for 
the new uno at hand, one of those gentle winds 
that blow the eyes of the flowers open, that the 
earth may look at the heaven. In the midst of 
this baby-waking of the world, the boat mnal 
elide into her new life. 

Akc got one of the men on the farm Co jofess 



ALEC FOUUES OF HOWGLEN. 



U 



« brine Ihc boat lo the rivcT. With the 

belp of Guorge she wu soon placed in the can, 
tua Aloe atiU CurJy goc in beside her. The liitle 
■ologkcd vcrjr muuh likoBiIead Rib, as>1io 
, ^-.Aoa in the hoc inn, with a motion irkuiiue 
her dclicausiiilcs, her pron Kicking KwltWBrdly 
er the horie's back, and her stern projeclingas 
_-.ir befond tbc cart behiad. Thai often Li the 
^ hDlllBU boat bonie painfull/ lo the llream on 
mt wbicblharcafterit ahall glide conlBDtedi; through 
M and oat of the vorld. 

m When they had got about lialf nny, Alec wid 
m 10 Curl?: 

■ "1 wuanerwIiBlB come o' Annie, Curly? It 
m fMl Im > ahame to lai ncli the boat wnnlin' her. " 
M " Daed it wad. I I'Jist rin and luik eftor her, 

A ta' je can luik efter the boat. " 

Si> aaying. Curl/ wai out of (lie cart ivith a 
boaad. Axray he ran orer a field of potatoes, 
Itraighl oi the crow fliea, while the can nent 
^ci«1/ on toward the Ghunour. 

" Whaur ■» Annie Aoderton ?" he criod. oi lio 
at into Rabdrl Bruco'a shop. 
" What '■ goar buiincM f " nikvd the Druce — n 
qoeaiion which ovidcnily looksd fur no amwur. 
" Alac wanU her." 

" VVaei, he will want her," retorted Robert, 
■hutting hi* jawi with a map, and grinning » 
amilelcM erin frotn ear to ear, LikotbeMeelclaip 
of a pnrac. B/ >uch peltj behavior be had long 
ligo put bitni^lfoQ an aquallt; with the /oung 
taacals generally, nod he was no inacch for them 
Ml their own level 

Cnrly left the nlkop at once, nnd went mnnd by 

nlo the garden, where he found Annie 

„ p and down with the baby iu her artnn, 

ind luoking very weary. Tliin wai in fuel ibu 

EiC tims liie had had to carrv the baby, iind ii 
igned her drendfully. Till now iln. Bruce 
1 had the osistance of a ragged child, whoso 



I could 



>t pay It 



S ago, however, <he had alavad it 

t, and had at lun^tth sune back Eo mIiooI. TIiu 
n was hot, the baby wo* benvy, and Aniii? folt 
I nrins and buck — ihey were aching to wiili the 
laccustom^d drud)!cr/. She wai all hut crying 
whan Curly darted to the gala, hi* face glowing 
with his mo, and hi> eyei q«rkling with excite- 



"Come, Annie," cried ho; "wo'r 
lainch I ho boat." 

' canna. Curl; ; I hae the bnim i 
uk' the bairn in til'U mitlier." 



gacin" 



" ti Ihs boaitio heavy 7" wked Curly, h 
dccellTal inlareit. 
" nreadru'." 



" Lai 



.Iry." 



" Ye '11 Ut hot fa'." 

" Deed no. I 'm no *ae fadonlcra (jiiihUtt). 
a hand o' her." 

Annie yielded her charge : bni no aooner had 
Curly pCMcuion of tin) baby, than lie bonndeil 
■way with her out of the unrdon into the back 
jord adjoining iho honw. Nowinthiiyard, juu 
appoiite the kitchen window, there wn* a huge 
- " ' which, harinji boen convened '~'~ " 



moment half full of rain waior. Curty, liating 
first latisficd hlmsGlf that Mnt. Bruce waa at work 
in (he kitchen, and therefore turo to see bim, 
mounted a big stone that lay beside the barrel, 
and prclcnded to lower the baby into the wnter, 
OS if trying how much she would endure with 
cqnanimiiy. In a moment he received such a 
b(tx on the oar that, had he not t>een prepared 
for it, be would in reality have dropped the child 
into [lie luirrel. The oamo moment the baby 
was in ill mother's ntms, and Curlv silling at the 
foot of the barrel, nuraing hii henif, nnd pretend- 
ing to suppress a violent attack of weeping. I'he 
angry mother sped into the bouse with bur res- 
cued child. 

No sooner had she diiappcorod than Curly was 
on hia fi.'ot scudding luck to Annie, who bad b«cn 
storini; over the garden gow in Utter bowilOcT- 
menl iit his behavior. ISIte could no longer TCBtsl 
bis cntraolics: off she ran with him tii tlw bunks 
of the Ulamonr, where they Mmn caine n|Hiu Ate« 
and the man in the net nf pnliing the boat on 
the slip, which, in iha prcuint iniuance, wns a 
groove hollowed out of n luw part of the bank, 
MO (lint she might glide in mure gradunlly. 

"Hurrah! There '» Annie!" cried Alec. 
' ' Come awa', Annie. Here 's a glass it' wh inky 
I got frns my tniiher to kirsten the traal. Flinit 

Annie did ai she was desired, lo the perfvel 
larticulariyorihc Ion 
It, who hnd contrive 
hen Alvc's back was turned, lo swallow ihe 
whisky and suUliluic Glamour water, which no 
doubt did djually well for the pur^iosu at Iho 
ceremony. Then with a gentle push from all, ilie 
lioakit Anaisslid into the Glamour, where the lay 
afloat in contented c^ncc^ as unlike hcntelf in iIm 
cart as n swan waddling wearily lo Iho water u 
unlike the imo swan-self when her legs have no 
lunger to support Iter weight, but to oar her along 
Ihrougli tlie friendly upholding element. 

" Isn.i she bonnle7''criod Annie in delight. 

And indeed ibe was bonnlo, in her green and 
white pnint. lying like agrcai waler-lxwlk ready 
to ncampar over the smooth surinee. Alec sprung ' 
•in board, nearly n|iactling the tiny crafL Then he 
held it by B bush on the bank while Curly handed 
in Aniiii.-, who sat down in the stem. Curly ihen 
got in hinuolf, and Alec nnd ho seiied each an 

But what with their inexperience and thonelure 
of ihe channel, they found it hard lo got along. 
The riror wb« fallof gt^al stones, making narrow 
passages, so thM, in some parts, il was not postlhlo 
to row. They knew nothing about tho maiiHge- 
mcnl of B boat, and were no more al dohs than if 
they bad been afloat in a tub. Alec being ilrongor 
in the arms ihan Curly, ihi-y wont round and 
round fur some time, as if in a whirl|>ool, with a 



Ibe OiniTwjleiii'elo Boat along thesireain,iokJag 
cara only to keep her off the nieki. foal ihem 
went the banka— hare steep and stony, but green 
with mo«s whore litile Irickling Mrgams found 
ihcir way into th« channel i there sprondlng into 
lowallntinlshoro, covered with lovely gran, Mar- 
red with dni«ea and bullercupa, from which hen 
and there rose a willow, whnM low boughs swept 
the water. A Utile while ego, they had skated 
down iu fnnon soHaiw, and bad Men » inamj 



1 



I 




M 



ALEC F0RBSU3 OF HOWGLEN. 



land Bhooting past them ; now, with an nnfelt 
gliding, thej floated down, and the green mead- 
OW8 dreamed away as if they would dream past 
them forever. Suddenly, as they rounded the 
comer of a rock, a great roar of falling water 
burst on their ears, and they started in dismay. 

"The sluice is up!^' cried Alec. ** Tak' to 
yor oar. Curly." 

Along this part of the bank, some twenty feet 
aboTe them, ran a mill-race, which a few yards 
lower down communicated by means of a sluice 
with the river. This sluice was now open, for, 
from the late rains, there was too much water ; 
and the surplus rushed from the race into the 
Glamour in a foaming cataract. Annie seeing 
that the boys were uneasy, f^t very frightened, 
and, closing her eyes, sat motionless. Louder 
and louder grew the tumult of the watei-H, till 
their sound seemed to full in a solid thnndcr on 
her brain. The boys tried hard to row againt^t the 
stream, but without avail. Slowly and surely it 
carried them down into the very heart of the 
boiling fall ; for on this side alone was the channel 
deep enough for the boat, and the banks were too 
steep and bare to afford any hold. At Iflst, the 
boat drifting stern foremost, a torrent of water 
struck Annie and tumbled into the boat as if it 
would beat ont the bottom of it. Annie was 
tossed about in fierce waters, and ceased to know 
any thing. When she came to herself, slie was in 
an unknown bed, with the face of Mrs. Forbes 
bending anxiously over her. She would have 
risen, but Mrs. Forbes told her to lie still, which 
indeed Annie found much more pleasant. 

As soon as they got under the fall, the boat had 
filled and foundered. Alec and Curly could swim 
like otters, and were out of the pool at once. As 
they went down. Alec had made a plunge to lay 
hold of Annie, but had missed her. The moment 
he got his breath, he swam again into the boiling 
pool, dived, and got hold of her ; but he was so 
stupefied by the force of the water falling upon 
him and beating him down, that he could not 
get out of the raging depth — for here the water 
was many feet deep — and as he would not leave 
his hold of Annie, was in danger of being drown- 
ed. Meantime Curlv had scrambled on shore 
and climbed up to the mill-rncc, where he shut 
down the sluice hard. In a moment the turn nit 
had ceased, and Alec and Annie were in t^till wa- 
ter. In a moment more he had her on the bank, 
apparently lifeless, whence he carried her home 
to his mother in terror. She immediately resort- 
ed to one or two of the usual restoratives, and 
was presently successful. 

As soon as she had opened her eyes. Alec and 
Curly hurried off to get out their boat. They 
met the miller in an awful rage ; for the sud- 
den onset of twice the quantity of water on his 
overshot wheel, had set his machinery off as if it 
had been bewitched, and one old stone, which 
had lost its iron girdle, had flown in pieces, to 
the frightful danger of the miller and his men. 

** Ye ill-designed villains !** cried he at a ven- 
ture, " what gart ye close the sluice ? Is* learn 
yo to min' what ye 're aboot. Dcil tak* ye for 
rascals !^ 

And he seized one in each brawny hand. 

"Annie Anderson was droonin' aneath the 
"^aste water," answered Curly promptly. 

*The Lord preserve *s I** said the niillcr, ro- 

iog his hold. "Hoo was that? Did she fa* in?** 



The boys told him the whole stoir. In a few 
minutes more the back -fall was again toraed 
off, and the miller was helping them to get their 
boat out. The Bonnie Annie was found onin- 
jured. Only the oars and stretchers had floated 
down the stream, and were never heard of again. 

Alec had a terrible scolding from his mother 
for getting Annie into such mischief. Indeed 
Mrs. Forbes did not like the girl's being so mnch 
with her son ; but she comfoned herself with the 
probability tliat bv-and-by Alec would go to col- 
lege, and forget ner. Meantime, she was very 
kind to Annie, and took her home herself, in 
order to excuse her absence, the blame of which 
she laid entirely on Alec, not knowing that there- 
by she greatly aggravated any offense of which 
Annie might have been guilty. Mrs. Bruce sol- 
emnly declared her conviction that a judgment 
had fallen upon her for Willie Macwha*s treat- 
ment of her baby. 

" Gin I hndna jist gotten a glimp o* liim in 
time, he wad hae drooned the bonny infant afora 
my veira een. It *s weel waured on them I" 

It did not occur to her that a wet skin was so 
very moderate a punishment for child-mnrder, 
that possibly there had been no connection be- 
tween them. 

This first voyage of the Bornne Annie may feem 
a bad beginning ; but I am not sure that most 
)!ood ends have not had such a bad beginning. 
Perha{« the world itself may be received as a case 
in point. Alec and Curly went about for a few 
days with a rather subdued expression. But as 
soon as the boat was refitted, thev got Greorge 
Macwha to go with them for cockswain ; and 
under his instructions they made rapid progress 
in rowing and sculling. Then Annie was again 
their companion, and, the boat being by this 
time fitted with a rudder, had several lessons 
in steering, in which she soon became proficient. 
Many a moonlight row they had on the Glam- 
our ; and many a night after Curly and Annie 
had gone home, would Alec again unmoor the 
boat, and drop down the water alone, letting the 
banks go dreaming past him — not alwajrs sure 
that he was not dreaming himself and wonld 
not suddenly awake and find himself in his bed 
and not afloat between heaven and earth with 
the moon above and the moon below him. I 
think it was in these seasons that he began first 
to become aware of a certain stillness pervading 
the universe like a law, a stillness ever being 
broken by the cries of eager men, yet ever clos- 
ing and returning with a gentleness not tu be 
repelled, seeking to unfold and penetrate with its 
own healing the minds of the noisy children of 
the earth. But he paid little heed to the discov- 
ery then, for he was made for activity, and in 
activity he found his repose. 



CHAPTER XXXII. 

Mr story must have shown already that, 
although several years younger than Alec, Annie 
had much more character and personality than 
he. Alec had not yet begun to look realities in 
the face. The very nobility and fearlessness of 
his nature had preserved him from many snch 
actions as give occasion for looking within and 
asking one's self whereto things are tending. Full 



ALEC FORBES OF IIOWGLE^. 



57 



of life and restlcM impnltes to actiTitv, all that 
eonld proiierly bo roqiiired of him as yet wai that 
the action into which ho rushed 8houhl Ik* inno- 
cent, and if conrcutionalW mivchierouiK, yet oct- 
oallj hannleu. Annie 'comfon less nt' home, 
gasinf^ all aboot her to sec if iherc wus a rest 
anywheie for her, had been driven bv the out- 
ward desolation away from the window of the 
world to the other window that opens on the 
regions of silent being where God is, and into 
which when his creatures enter, or ercn look, the 
fountain of their life springs aloft with tenfold 
vigor and beaaty. Alec, whoso home was hap- 
py, knew nothing of that senso of discomfort 
which is sometimes the herald of a greater need. 
But he was soon to take a new start in his intel- 
lectual relations ; nor in those alone, seeing the 
chanito was the result of a dim sense of duty. 
The fact of his not being a scholar to the mind 
of Murdoch Malison, arose from no deficiency of 
intellectual ;ioio«r, but only of intellectual cY^NictV^ 
^-for the indefinite enlargement of which a fit- 
ting excitement from without in alone requisite. 

The season went on, and tho world, like a 
great flower afloat in space, kept opening its 
thousandfold blossom. 1 1 nil and sleet were 
thin^pi lost in the distance of tlie year — iOorming 
mway in some far-off region of 'the north, un- 
known to tho summer f]|cneration. The lintter- 
fliei, with wings looking a;* if nil tho flower- 
painters of fairv-land had wi)ied their bniMhes 
npoa them in frcakful yet anistic Bport, rnnio 
forth in the freedom of their wills ond the fnith- 
ful ignorance of their minds. Tho birdo, tho 
poets of the animal creation — what though they 
never i^t beyond the Ivrical! — awoke to utter 
their own joy, and awake like ji>y in others of 
God's children. The birds grew silent, because 
their history laid hold upon them, comi)clling 
them to turn their words into deeds, and keep 
eftgs warm, and hunt for worms. Tho butterflies 
died of old age and delight. Tho green life of 
the earth rushed up in com to be ready for the 
time of need. The com grew ripe, and therefore 
weary, hung its head, died, and was laid aside 
Ibr a life b^ond its own. The keen sharp old 
mornings and nights of autumn camo bock as 
ther had come so many thousand times before, 
and made human limbs strong and human hearts 
fad and longing. Winter would soon be near 
enough to stretch out a long forefinger once more, 
and touch with the first frosty siiiver some little 
child that lored summer and shrunk fi-om the 
cokL 

One erening in early autumn, wlicn tho sun, 
almost on the edge of the horizon, was shining 
right in at tho ond of one of the principal 8treet«i, 
filling its wholo width with his glory of molten 
roaea, all the shopkeepers were standing in their 
doors. Little groups of country ]xk)])Ic, bearing 
a curious relation to their own legs, wero going 
in rarions directions across the square. Loiul 
laughter, Terj much like animal noises now nn<l 
then inraded tho ear ; but the sound only rippled 
the wide lake of the silence. Tho nir'wus per- 
Ibmed with the scent of peat fires and the burning 
of weeda and potato-tops. Thero was no fountain 
fo complete tho harmonv, but tho intermittent 
gushes firom tho spout o{ tho great pump in the 
centre of the square wero no bad substitute. At 
all events, they supplied the sound of water, with- 
oa» irhich Nature's -xchestra is not full. 



I Wattic Sim, the watchmaker, long and lank, 
I with gray bushy eyebrows meeting over his nose, 
I had wandered, with tho gait of a heedless pair of 
cumjiasvcic, across from his own shop to Redford 
; the bookseller^, at whose door a small group was 
already gathered. 

** Well, Wattic," said Captain Clashmach, 
" how goes tho world with you ?" 

'* Muckle the same 's wi' yersel*, Captain, and 
the doctor there,'* answered Watiio with u grin. 
** WImn the time's guid for ithcrfowk,it *s butsae 
sac for vou nnd mc. I haenu had a watch come 
in for a haill ook (weel-). " 

'* lloo de ye accoont for that, Mr. Sim ?*^ asked 
a shoemaker who stood near without belonging 
to the group. 

'* It *s the ile, man, the ilc. Half tho mischecf 
o* watches is the ile.*' 

" But I don*t see," said the doctor, " how that 
can be, Sim." 

** Weel, ye see, sir," answered Wattic — and the 
words seemed somehow to have como tumbling 
silently down over the ridgo of his nose, before ho 
caught them in his mouth and articulated them— « 
** ye see, sir, watches is delicat things. They 'ro 
no to bo traitctlikc fowk*8 insides wi* ony thing 'at 
comes first. Gin I cud jist get tho middle half 
])int oot o* tho hert o'a hogsheid o*s])erm ile, I 
wad I Slid keep n*yer watches gaein like the vcrra 
universe. But it wad be an ill thing for me, yo 
ken. Sac may l>e a' thing 's for the best cftcr a*. 
Noo, yo see, i' this hot weather, the ile keeps 
fine an' saft, and disna clog the warks. But iosh 
j>reservc's a' ! What 's that ?" 

Staring up the street toward tho sunset, which 
colored nil their faces a red bronze, stood a group 
of townsfolk, momently increasing, from winch, 
I)cforo Wattle's ])arty could reach it, burst u gen- 
eral explosion of laughter. It was some momentis 
however, before they understood what was the 
matter, for tho great mild sun shone full in their 
eyes. At length they saw, as if issuing from 
the hugo heavy orb, a long dark line, like a sea 
serpent of a hundred joints, coming down the 
street toward them, and soon discovered that it 
wns a slow procession of animals. First camo 
Mistress Stephens, Stumpin' Steenie the police- 
roan's cow, with her tail at full stretch behind 
her. To the end of her tail was tied tho nose 
of Jeames Joss the cadger's horse — a gaunt se- 
pulchral animal, which ago and ill-treatment had 
taught to move as if knees and hocks were use- 
less refinements in h)comotion. Ho had just 
enough of a tail left to tie tho nose of another 
cow to ; and so, by tho accretion of living joints, 
the strange monster lengthened out into the dim 
fiery distance. 

When Mrs. Stephen reached the square, she 
tnrned to lead her train diagonally across it, for 
in that direction lay her home. Moved by tho 
rtnme desire, tho cadger's horse wanted to go in 
exactly tho opposite direction. The cow pulled 
the one way, and the horse pulled tho other ; but 
the cow, having hor head free, had this advan- 
tnngc over the horse, which was fast at both ends. 
So he gave in, and followed his less noble lender. 
Cow after horse, nnd horse after cow, with a ma- 
jority of cows, followed, to the number of twenty 
or so ; after which the joints began to diminish 
in rIzo. Two calves wore at tho tail of tho last 
row. a lirtlo Highland one, with a sheep between 
them. Tlieu came a goat belonging to Charles 



£S ALKC FOKBES OF IIOWGLEN. 

CiJ.:eAa the wool^nrder, the only goat in the ' "\Vlm*8 audit thin?** 

y^-^., v.'.Kh as often as the strain uu hi« own ** It 'b cripple Trnffey'f,** piped m sfarili Em 

u. . «.b' cATCi^d, made a butt at that of the calf in voice. 

f.'-.-.: '.f :..m. Next came a diniinishin;; strinK *'TcIl him 'at I Ml Accoont for 't,*' nyoM 

\jf :.*7»t -^L^kbitt do*^ to the tail of the liuit of Thomas, and putting the animai in hit pocta^ 

V : ■. - V A.> fafcUrncd the only cat the inventors of departed. 

tL.» : .-*'bi Ta«time had licen able to catch. At ' lie took the nearest waj to Geo r g e Blacwbu 

ji v '.J. .. f ,iio w ed — alas ! — Andrew Traifey 's workshop, w hero he found Alec and Curly, «hi 

V..-'. iijyj'.i, whokC pink eycfi, now fixed and . had expected, busy or appearing to be bav 

xu:^-/-. •^^riii no more delight the imagination about something belonging to their boat. Tkf 

*ji '.',>•: yy.r cripplo, and whose long furry hind legs looked considerably hotter, however, than eodll 

«'.•-...; ij^-ker mure bang the ground in sovereign l>e aei-ounted for by their work. This coofimd 

•r.>'.V:ri;:. as lie dared pursuit ; for the dull little Thomas's suspicions. 

U:4.<. Lading, with the stiif- necked noss of fcnr, ^* A fine ploy yon for a jroang geaikBii, 

y.-m»'>d in pulling against the string that tied Alec!" said he. 

• :?. V/ ih<: tail of Widow Wattle's great tom-cat, '* What ploy, Tliomaa?** asked Alec, 

«M T.'j-K trailed ignominiously upon his side, with tempted innocence. 

h'j. V « f jr and outstretched neck — the lust joint, I ** Ye ken wecl encach what ploy I mea 

ar,i only d"ad one, of this bodiless tail. | '*W^ecI, supposin* I do — there *• nae thi 

iV.-rjr'^Miiitrciis Stephen had reached her home, . muckle hairin dune to mak*a wark aboot, an* 
MU'i j-jm as the lost link of the chain had appear- ly, Thomas.'* 

*>i on tlic square, the mirth was ruined to a yet . *'Ca* ye that no hairm?** rejoined Thona 
bi;rMcr pitch by the sudden rush of several worn- pulling the dead rabbit out of hia puckel,8ii 
cu Vj th(; rescue, who had aircaily heard the IiDiding it up by the ears. *'Ca' yc that H 
iMrws of t)ie i;;nominious aUluciion of their hon- , huirm?" he repeated. 

or:'l ly*", antl their sliumeful cxpoKure to public . Alec stared in dismay. Tliomas well knevkii 
ridicule. Irlach made for her own four-tooted regard for animals, and had calculated npoaii 
property. *' Luik at the puir thing wi* its iKmnj radett 

" (iiiji I preserve V, Hawkie! are ye como to closed forever ! It's amercy to fliink 'attlicRI 
this?' ciiird Lucky Lapp, asshi: liiiiiK.'(l, still and no leuiin'and lowin' {l/ltixint/ tiin\jiamiaQ){n}m 
ever hiine with rheumatism, toward the third in store fur hit, puir mappy (^iinjiy^'** 
membfrr of the ]iroccssion. '* Gin 1 had the loon ^' Hoot, hoot, Thamas, inan I Jsna thai Vm 
*at did it," siie went on, fumbling, with a haste . richteous overmuch, as oor minister wad sit?* 
that defeated itsirif, at the knot that l>ound The question camo in the husky voice of l^m 
Hawkie's nose to the tail of the cadger's horse Whaup, the blacksmith, who was now disoorcr- 
— '*gin I had the loon *at did it, I wad ding cd leaning in over the half door of the shop, 
the sowl out o* his wame, the villain." | ** And wha 's jfOvr minister, Peter, mv mao?' 

**L(»!li! it's my ain cat, as weel's my ain < retorted Thomas, with some acrimony. * 
coo," screamed Lucky Wattles in twofuld indig- \ "Mr. Cooie, as ye weel ken, Thnmaa." 
nation. **Gin Icudbutredd(roi//&)thoscooiirers i " I thoucht as muckle. The doctrine sanxi 
heid wi' your cleuks, Baudrons!*' she added, as • o* the man, Peter. There *t no fear o* bin or 
she fondled the cat passionately, '* he wadna I)c ' ony o' his followers bein' richteous OTermnch.** 
in hie a drxim's hurry to han'le ye again, I's- **Wcci, ye ken, that's nacthingbnt a rabbit f 
wafi <«r«7^r;." ' i yer han*. It wad hac been worried eome dar. 

liy rliii time .Stump! n Steenie, having undone ' lloo cam' *t by 'ts deith ?" 
hi4 f , V 4 tail, WM I'^liug her home amid shouts > '* I didna mean to kill 't. T was a* for foB, 
of \u sj;,*f p. ; ye ken,'* said Alec, addressing Thomas. 

*■ j'l*. i.'r r t .*; Irx k-iip, Steenie. She 's been , ' " There *s a heap o* fun," answered Thoma 
Ukii. up w. I.I iv,Tit, " i»cr;eched an urchin. ; with solemnity, ** that carries deith i* the tail </t 

" JUy'; yr a. t/,T.jfij«!, or 1 b' tak* you up, yc , Here's the puir cripple laddie*8 raMt as deid*i 
rascal," bsi**'; riv:/:fi»«?. ' ; a herrin*, and him at hamc greetin* his een ooi, 

" Yc 'li J. Sift to «aid'j|r; .Mistreat Stephen afore j I daursay." 
yc can catrh m*:, Htumpin' Steenie !" i Alec caught up his cap and made for the door. 

Steenie, inllamed with sudden wrath, forsook i ** I'll gang and sec him. Curly, wha has ooT 
the cow, and made an elephantine rush at the rabbits to sell ?** 

dfendor, who vaiiihiied in the crowd, and thus be- j " Doddles's cicckil aboot a month ago.** 
trayud the constable to another shout of laugh- : ** Whaur does Doddlcs bide ?** 
ter. "rillatyesee." 

While the laugh was yet ringing, the burly The boys were hurr}*ing together from the 
figure of the stone-mason app(>ared, making his shup, when Thomas caught Alec by the arm. 
way by the momentum of great hulk and blow *' Ye canna restore the rabbit. Alec.'* 
motion to the front of the crowd. Wit hunt a *'H(K)t! Thamas, ao rabbit's as c:uid*s an- 
word to any one, he drew a knife from his pock- it her/* interposed the smith, in a tone indicating 
et, and proceeded to cut every cord that bound disapprobation, mingled with a desire to moUi- 
thc helpless animals, the people staring silent all fy. 
the while. "Ay — to them *at cares for neither. Bnt 

It was a sight to see how the dogs scampered there 's sic a thing as a human election, as weel'i 
off in the delight of their recovered freedom, a divine anc ; an' ane 's no the same 'a aaitbor 
But the rabbit lay where the cat had left him. ance it 's a chosen ane." 

Thomas took it with some sign of tenderncKs, " Weel, 1 pity them *at the Lord haa no pity 
and holding it up in his huge hand, putthcqucH- u|>o',** sighed the smith, with a passing thought 
lion to the crowd in general. i of his o\> u tits cf irinkiug. 



AI.EC FORBES 01? HOWGLEN. 



"Gang ye nod wr Uim. Uo may hno pity. 
,10' JOQ — Willi lten« ?" mid Thomas, u lia fol- 

■ loiTcd Alec, wham he had alread; released, oul 
K pf the shop. 

" Yo i«e. Alec," bo nsumcd in a low voice, 

*rhen they were in iha open air — Curly going on 

KUbre them, " Et '> lime 'at ye Htaigrowin' a man, 

Iknd pitiin' awa' childiih tilings. Yet milhet'll 

a depcn'in' npo' yon, or lang, la hand ihingi 

_Min' ; and re ken, gin 70 QeRleck ycr chanco at 

Klheichuil, ycr limc '11 no come over ngoin. Man, 

-^ lod try 10 do fomcthing Cor conBcienee lake. 

IB yo leaml ycr lessons for tho morn, noo?" 

"No, Thamas. But I will. 1 'mjictgaoin' 10 

I biy a pair o' robbiu to Trnffey ; anil tyno I 'II 

I gang hnme." 

I '■ There 'i a guid lad. Yb '11 bo a comfort till 
I'Yer milher some day ycl." 

■ . TO-i.i. [|,gja worda, Thomns turned nn4 bft 

had been • growin);, though it wna slill 
'A vague tcnK, in Alec'i roind, lliat ho ^tm nut 
lloing well ; and thia rebuke of Tliomas Cranu 
brought it full into tho light ofhin ownconscious- 
kCH. From that day ho worked belter. Mr. 
Malison aaw iho clinngc, and acknowledged it. 
This reacted on Alec's feeling for the mailer; 
Kfid during the foltawlng winter ho mado three 
ilmcs the prognm he hod madu in any winter 
preceding. 

For the sen ofaummer ebbcO nway, and the 
locky clinnncla of the winler ajijiearcd, willi its 
cold winds, its ghost-like niisu, and the damps 
■nd ihircrtng* that cling about the sepalehre in 
which Nature lie* sleepiii);. The brat was earo- 
fnlly Uid np, ocrom tho roften of the bam, well 
ipped in a shroud oftarpnnlin. IL was buried 
, in the air: and the Gl.uuuur on which it had 
floated so gayly would toiiu be 1>iirii'd under llie 
ice. Summer alone eould briim them logcther 
he one from the dry gliAjm of the burn, 
the other front the cold scclnsiou of its wintiy 
bebciudc. 

Mcnniime, Atrs. ForiHtawusomewbatlninblixt 
jn her mind as to what should be done with Alec; 
■nd iho often talked with the schoolmaster about 
iiim. Ilerself of higher birth, aoclally consider- 
ed, than bar husband, she had the ambition that 
faer son should be educated fbr some proibsaiati. , 
Now in Scotland edueotion 1$ mora coBily got 
than almost any thing; else ; and whether there 
might bs room fiir the exerciw of the profanion 
kfterwonl, was a matter of leu moment lo Mrs. ' 
Forbes, seisingiho was not at all willing that Iho I 
farm which had been in her husband's family for 1 
hundreds of years should pass into the hands of 
strangers, ond Alec himself hod (he strongost nl^ 
tochtnent lo (he anccaiml soil ; for to bo loved ii 
Is not necessary tliut land should be freehold. 
At length his increased diligcDce, which had not 
eai4|>cd her observation, And was tMtifled to br 
Mr. Malison, conllrmcd her deiermioBtionihat he 
•hiiuld at least go lo college. He would be no 
worse a farmer fur having an A.M. after his 
name ; while the enrrii-nluin waa enmmon to all 
the profcdiono. »«i It was resolved that, in Iho 
following winter, he siioiim eompft*/or a bmarj. 

The eofflmanicHlinn that his fata lay in that 
direction, nnued Alee still more. Now that an 
vltcrior o^ect rendered ihem attraelivc, he tuni' 
ed his attention to ihecUHin with rcuuIim earn' 
W nesa i and, on a eUiuJji d<j' in tbo cad sT Oc- 



tober, found liimsclf on ilio box-*eat of the Boy< 
at Mnil, with liis trunk on the roof behind him, 
bdund for a cortain eiiy whoso advaniages ore 

not eoolinod lu the posscwiun ufa miiveraity. 



ClIAPTEK XXSIII. 

ArTKll driving throngh long streets, brilliant 
with shops of endless marvel, the coachman pull- 
ed upfarlbolastlime. It was a dull driuly even- 
ing, with sadden windy (nists. and, in itself, dark 
ns pilch. But Alee descended, cold and wet, in 
a brilliant light which flowed from the door of 
■he hotel as if it had been tbe Tery essence of its 
slruclure. A porter took chnrgo of his box, 
hoisted it 00 his bock, and led iho way to tho ad- 
di'eis he gave him. 

Notwithstanding Iho driiilc, and the angry 
rnsbcs of the wind ntniiil the street comers, ilio 
foot pavements were filled with nicn nnd women, 
moving in difTcrciit direcliuna, like a double raw 
of busy ants. Through queer short cnl* thai ter- 
ribly bewildered Iho way, tlio parlcr led him to 
the house, nnd pushing llie door open, went up 
two Bighu of Mono stairs and knocked at a doin 
on ihclaniling. Alec was shown into a room nhera 
a good fire was blaxing away with n ennlinaoul 
welcome I and when neatcd by it diinking hit 
lea, ho saw the whole world golden through the 
stained windoivs iif his imagination. 

But his sulistiieliun gradually poised into n 
vague longing after something else. Would hu- 
man nature be more perfect wcro it capable of 
being sotislied with cukei nnd nio? Alee fi^ll a* 
if he had got to the borders of fairy-land, and 
lomclAlnj was going To huppcn. A door woul.l 
(^n and admit him into Iho secret oftho world. 
Bui tho door was so long in opening, that he look 
to unpacking his box ; when, as he jumped up to 
thank his mother for some peculiar rcmembninus 
of his likings, the whole att'air suddenly dlnngcd 
10 n rehearsal of death ; and his longiuga fur tlie 
remainder of tho night were toward the pn.it. 

lie rote in the morning with the feeling re- 
vived, ihot something intense was going on all 
nround. But the door into life generally opens 
behind d», and a hand is put forth which draui 
us in backward- The Sole wisdom for man 01 
boy who is haunted with tho hovering of nnsoeri 
wings, with (bo kgiiI of unseen roses, and the 
snbilo enticomcnii of " mvlodics unheard," is 
work. If he fallow any of those, they will vaniHli. 
But if he work, they will oome nnaooiibl, and, 
while iliey come, ho will believe Ihat tliere b n 
fairy-land, where pools find their dreams;, and 
prophets are laid hold of by Ihcir viiiens. TIra 
idle beat tlicir heads agaiiitt its walls, or miitake 
the oiKrance, and |p) down iniothudorit places u( 
llic enrth. 

Alee stood at the window, and iieerod down 
into the narrow sircot, through which, ns in a 
ebannel between rocks burrowed into dwclliiiHn, 
mn Ihe ceasolcos torrent of tralBe. lie fell al 
flrsi ns if life at least hod opened its gates, nnd 
lie bail boon iranspurtcd into iho midst of its dra- 
ma. But in a moment the show changed, tum- 
ingBtsiincanmeaningleMpnioossioni ibeninia 
a chaos of mnflictinf; atoms ; reforming itself nt 
I Inst Inin nn ' n l|i-<~lv iinf'ilding r->ll, no break in 

Uie Guiuii>ui(» iM wliidt «««Un«r ntMllfaeUd* 



1 

I 

I 



60 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEK. 



don mechanism. For to no mere onlooker will 
Life any more than Fuiry-land open its secret. 
A man must become an actor befure he can bo a 
true itjiectator. 

Woary of standing; at tlie window, lie xvent and 
wandered about the Eitreet.4. To \m country-bred 
eves thev were full of mar^'cls — which would soon 
be OS common to thotie eye» as one of the furrow- 
ed tields on his father's farm. The vonth who 
thinks the world his oyster, and ojiens it forth- 
with, finds no pearl therein. 

What is this nimbuM about the new ? Is the 
man-el a mockcrv ? Is the shine that of demon- 
pold ? No. It is A winged ^lory that alights lie- 
side the youth ; and. having gathered his eyes to 
itself, ditsaway to a farther perch ; there aligl)t.4, 
there shineis thither entices. With outstretched 
han«Is the child of earth follows, to fall weeping at 
the foot of the gray disenchanted thing. Hut Iw- 
xond and again U'vond shines the lapwing nf 
heaven — not, as a faithless generation thinks to 
delude like thoni. but to lead the seeker home to 
the nost of the glory. 

Last of all, Alee was forced to take refuge in 
hi;! iMHtkic. 

Thv co.'Hftftition fell on the next duy, and he 
gained a small bursary. 



niAlTKU XXXIV. 

.\h it hit]>]>ened, no one but Ahr had come u]) 
from (il:iiuri';ou iliatyrur. lie did not know one 
of hw f.-lltiw-stuilciits. Tlu'ie were very few in 
llu* lir'«t class indivd, who had had any previous ! 
aiMpiaiiiianciMvitli I'lich other. Itut brfore threv 
days wore over, liko had lit'>;u!i to draw Ut like, 
and op]HtKitos lo tiirir natural op|Htsites. Thesv* 
mutual attrai'iions howcxor, were considerably 
intltifnccd hv llu' ^ol iid sphere, as indieated hv 
hl>h* of die^N, Npei'ch, and manners, in wliirh 
eaeh had be«'n aeenNtunn'd to move. Some \A' 
the yontliN weie of ihn lowliest oiigin the sons 
of ploiighnien and snnill eonntry i>hop-kee]K'i's 
hhiu-k'heailed luds, with niurh of the liH>ks and 
luainieiHof year old ImlliM-ks, nnisilv uilli fivekled 

■ ■ 

fiirm anil n rerlani I'.rneral inespon)>i\rneKS tif 
fiMilnn\ noon to vanish an the menial and ner\ 
oni niolhiun iN'i-anio niiiio fieipiiMil anil vapid, 
wiiikiHK till* Rtill'i lti\ iif (heir farei iiilo a ii-adii'i 
iiIhmIiimii'o fo ihit iiiiU%i-lliiiK pla»llrily Nnne, on 
Ihn oiliiM hainl, hIiuwimI theiiinehi-M at om-o Ihu 
ai luliHiaev nl IhiM'liinii, \ty thi«li raiiinr.o and mi 
rial ipiidllli'Mlliin* m aiiinniplloiiii. Tliemt wi-in 
liiii |iil|ii|idlv llii> I" nI n-lmlaia, hul tlii-V m^I ihn 
fa>ililiin ill (lilt nit nl llinii imil*, and p«pri hdlt 
III tlm Ml \ III III ihrli iiii III Ii-Iiti-I« Miml nl lliriii 
nriii ol tl^ildiiiiil iiiliillli-n , «iiiiiii or llieiii {nlh, 
liiwiilv li>lliiivu| iillii'-i4 al1>'i li-il aihl pii-rtiiiiiiilii 
oiiii, iitiilmilh < iiiiiilili I lii|i li ImiiiiiiIi ihi III |ii iiH 
kill liilit ullh lliik iioillliiidi' 

Al'i li>'liiii|ii<d lit a iMld'll<- i I Will ihi'N 

t^l, loi ti-l I limv lliill lilii I Jul III 'i Iniil II Miiliillir 
nil, Mild lliiH lii>»ti|i- Miiiiii ill (III- III! 11 Ih> I Id a 

piiHl il|i|||n III lll'ili> iImmi ill fill- |inilli lilill I III 

n iillillll Hllpl-llnill ) i-l liiiMitii>l ill llll|>lii< III •! 

lh> III, tiiilli iiiiiii< lliill llii \ Imi'I I" ■ 11 •!> < II' iKiiii il 

III illUII. Ill lllll lliil-llll I II llll- ill III • l>\ llll> lllllli 

h> rJiii» III Ah I •■III > I- ' I lliill ii iiHiit II im 

M Imi'I i|||il III III I ihilll lilih '11 iiifl III MH • M i|l|i||| 
Mil,) llll iipiilih* III i-li-,li>i' lilill "11? niMIIIiiIihI 



saperiority potsiUe^woiiId, ia a word, tey»| 
fcctly willing that be thonld both weer a Wi 
coat and be a better scholar than hinnelf. Bij 
to any one who did not poasesa the higher \aii 
supenority, be foolifhlj and cnTiowly gndpi ' 
the lower kinds of pre-eminenoe. To oadenliri 
this it most be remembered that ae yet bt M ' 
deduced for bimtelf no principles of actiooorfa^ 
ing : he was oniT a boj well made, with U 
goodness that he had in any waj verified forUfr 
self. 

On the second day after the comincncematrf 
lectures, it was made known to the fint da 
that the Magistrand {Jowrtk ekus) Debating Sati- 
ety would meet that evening. The mceciipi 
this society, although under the control of lb 
niagistrands, were open, upon equal toaiii 
most other respects, to the membera of tbe i^ 
rior classes. They were held in the Natiirimi> 
liiMiphy eloss-room, at seven oVIock in the cn»- 
ing : and to the first meeting of the seesioa Ala 
went with no little curiosity and expcctaiko. 

It was already dark when he aeC out froabi 
lodgings in the new town, for the gatcwsj !»> 
neath the tower with that crown of stone iloA 
is Uic glory of the ancient boroogh gathered b^ 
neath it. Through narrow cr<x>kcd strceti^inA 
many dark courts on each side, lie came to tk 
o|>en road which connectod the two towns. It vai 
Starr}' night, dusky rather than dark, and fnllcl 
the long sound of thu distant sea waves falliagoi 
the shore beyond the iiitkt. He was stridiif 
along whistling, and thinking aboat as nesrW 
nothing as might be, when the figure of a nil, 
whose footste|>8 he had heard coming throofih 
the gloom, suddenly darkened before him ai 
stopiH'd. It was a little spare sloaching figare, 
hut what the face was like he could not see. 

" W bust! in* ?*' said the man, interrogatively. 

* • Ay ; w l.ai fur no ?*' answered Alec cheenlv. 

^* Hand yer een oft'o* rainbow*, or ye *I1 brsk' 
yer shins upu grave-stanes,** paid tho'm.in, snd 
went on, with a shnftling gaii. liis eyes flashing 
i>n Alec, from under projecting brows, as be 
passed. 

Alec Ci^ncludod him drank, althoogh drink 
would not all oget her account for the sttangenea 
of the address, nnd soon foi^got him. The axeh 
eeluK*d to his feet as he entered the dark quad* 
raii:;le, ncreNS which a glimmer in the opposite 
io\\i>r guided him to the stairs leading op to tht 
plaeo of meeting. He found the large rooa 
iir.hied by a chandelier, and one of the stndenii 
neainl um president in the ]irofessor*s chair, while 
the UmicIios were occupied by about two handled 
nhiilents, most of the freshmen or b^anM in their 
• ••il gowns. 

\' in ions preliminaiy matters were discaiscd 
wiih an energy of utterance and a fitness of 
MpiMM'h w liieh w ould have put to shame the geit 
iMiil idoeniiou of Mb the pulpit and the bar. 
A I liMigih. however, a certain mmi (second class- 
ma n, ill niou« (vpuUrly shtrp) stood up to give fab 
i»l«inioii on M>me subjtvt in dispute, and attempt* 
iiij- to ^iK-iik t»K» mHM» attcr his dinner, for he was 
I 'III' III ihe luoio fashionable order, hemmed and 
•.iitiiiiihiHd nil iho weariness of the assembly 
liiini H|H>n him \\\ n |vrtoct torrent of hisses and 

"" uihnaleM'luinations. Among the loudest ia 

ihu iiiKHU'ulHti« prvuestation were mme of tbs 
iwl \^\\m\m\ U'jans, snd tho speaker kindled with 
Mralte Ml Iht mrasumptiou of the vellow-beaki 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEa. 



9i 



II Jama : t^jaiu'), till, ItiilignaiioQ bnnllngi 

n (h« bamotB oTutleriiDCe, ho poured Tonh n 

■eat of urcuiic contempt on tlio ; aung clod- 

who, having jnsi coma from lierdinf; 

fntlien' cans, conld expnwi their feclingi 

no more luiiable language than thai ot llie bo- ' 

se ftnirnula which hud been their principal and 

aMocintcs. Ax he sat dovn, lii) eja rested 

ill nilboring icorn upon Akc Farb^ who in- 

inllf ilaned to bis feel amid n coQfiuion of 

ludils nnd hisaei. but, finding it atwolntely im- 

aiibla lo speak so as lobe heard, coiiieoled him- 

ir with uttering it aonoroiu Au-a-o-o, and in- 

llanllT dropped into hia aeat, all tlie other oat- 

et^ diuolfing in abouu of laughter. In a mo- 

ired a candle full in the face) its 

nmpanions >Tenl fljing in all direclioni. and the 

im was ill uiier dariinou. A Krambte Tur the 

K followed ; and amid alrngglin;;, (homing, 

d awearinc iha nholD cotnpun; itilleJ down tlia 

ir into the qnadraiigle, most of tbom without i 

lir cnps, and aome with their new froirna lorn 

m boiiom to top. The night wna hidooui with 

! uproar. In the descent, Aloe recciTed iv blow 

thu head which half atnnnod him ; but he did 

1 imajjinc that iu aevcritf was other than an 

udcnl of the crn»h. He made the best of his 

iray home, and went lo bed. 

' After tfaii he woi popalar ; and nftcr this, a* 

gAon aa Fairick Beauchamp and ho posacd each 

Kher in walking np and down the arcHdo, Bcau- 

, high carved upper lip would currc Jet 

ll);her, and Alec would feel with annoyance that 

be could not aiiatain the (fiance of hia gray ayei. 

Beaiichamp wai no groat fsTorlte eren in hi* 

. rn act ; fur there is one kind of religion in 

wbich the more devoted a man is, iho fewer pros- 

•Ijtei he makes — the worship of himulf. 



CHAPTER XSXV. 
OxK morning, about two months from the bc- 

E'oning of the session, after the stodents had 
en reading for aumo lime in the Oreck class, 
the profesaor was seen, not unexpectodlr to part 
of the anembly, to loiik np at the ceiling with 
•ndilen discomposure I'tiera hod b«cn a heavy 
fall or«now in the night, and ono of the atndenia, 
vhoM organ of hnmor bud gaiued at the ex- 
panse of that of veneration, had, before the ar- 
rivnl of the professor, lEnthered n boll of the 
anow, and thrown it against the ceiling with 
inch forceful precision, that it stnck riKhi over 
the centre of the chair. This was nerhap* the 
first lime ihat (uch a trick Imd been dared 
in ihe lint doss, belonging more properly t« the 
■dranceddopravily of the second or third. When 
began to gel warm, iha 
' cod nf tlie old 
« of hi* ironbliMl gli 
But the moment ha looked up. Alec, 
„ hat was Iha matter, and feeling all hit 
naiural loyally ranacd, (pning from hia aeai, and 
nuhing out of the cl*s*-room, Telnmcd with k 
long broom which tlio saeriM had b<<i>ii usIiie to 
clear riMil-iialhH across Iho quadrani-lc. The 
proltfsor luft hi* chair, and Alee sprinslne on 
iho desk, «Kupi ihe snow from Iho coiling, lie 
llien willed the se^i with hi4 h 'ndkercblvf nnd 
a 10 bb ^acft, Til" rntiiuit of ihe 



old man shone in liis eye* True, liu nuuld only 
hnra had lo acnd far the sacrist lo rescue him ; 
bul here was an atonement for the insull, vffiir- 
cd by one of the students themselves. 

"Thankyou, Mr. Forb«a,"ho*lninraerod ; "I 
am ck — ek— ek^-excoedinBly oblij^ud lo you." 

The piirfuuor was a cuiiuus, kindly litllo man 
— lame, Willi n hrown wig, u wrinkled face, and 
a Ionic mouih, of which ho only mado UH of Ihe 
half uti ttie right aide to stammer oul Iminorous 
and often witty ssring-i — nt Icnai so they np- 
poured to liiuao who hiid grace enough to respect 
his ]ioailion and his age. As oflon us reference 
Is made in my hearing lo Chorlca Lnmb nnd bis 
sinner, up comes the favo of dear old Professor 
Fmscr, and 1 lienr him once more stammering 
out S0D1B joke, the very fun of which had its 
Kuurre in kindliness. Soineliow ^e stutter never 
inii'rfcred with the poinl of Ihe Joke: thnlnlHura 
coiuo with a rush. He Hocmed, while heriiniing 
ui> aonio nnimporlant nllnblc, to be arranging 
wlint WHS to follow and strike Iho blow. 

■■Gonilemen," he'cominued upon this oc- 
casion, "the Scriptnre says yon 're lo heap 
c-c-c-eonls of fire on your enemy's bead. Wlicn 
you are to heap drops of water on your friend's 
w-w-wig, the Scripluro doesn't nay.* 

The some evening Alec received a note from 
him nskinj; him to brcakfuat with him ihe fbl' 
lowinc mominir, which was Saturday, and coino- 
quonlly a holiduy. It was usnal with the pro- 
feseom lo invite a dozen or so of the sludenls to 
brBakrunl on Sntnrdayr, but on this ocCBlioil' 
Alec was the sole guest. 

Aa soon bs ho entered the room, Mr. Praser 
hobbled lo meet him, wiih outstretched hand of 
welcome, nnd a kindly grin on his face. 

" Mr. Forbes," he said, " I b-h-hope welt of 
you ; fur you can respect an old man. 1 'm wry 
glad to see yon. 1 hope you 'vc bronglit an aii- 
pctite wild yon. Sic down. Always respect old 
age, Mr. Furbc*. You 'II bo old yourself some 

1 '*D had my young days, though, and 1 musin't 

And here he amiled ; but It was n snd smile, 
and a tear gailiorod in Ihe corner of one of his 
old eyes. Ho caufiht up m globular silver tea- 
rot, a'nd began lo fill the len-cuiiB, Ajipaicnilj 
Ihe reflection of his own face in the tea-pot n as 
loo comical [o resist, for iho old man presently 
broke Into what was half a laugh and half a grin, 
and. without in any way acconnling for ii, went 
on inlkin({ i[<iiie merrily for the reat of the meal. 

■■ My loolhur lold roe," said Alec at length, 
" in a letter I hnd from her yesterday, tbut your 
bniihcr, .ir, had married * conain of ben." 

" Whni 1 what ! Are you a son of Mr. Forbes 
of Howglen t" 

■' T*s, »ir." 

"Yon young rascal I Why didn't yonrmwhaf 

"lihe didn't like to iroublo yon, [ nppOM, 
air." 

" People like me, that havi-n't any relations, 
must make tbe moal of ihe relutions Ihey have. 
I am in no danger of being irunbleil that way. 
You've henr>l of my poor brother's death f" 

" He died loM year, lla was a clertTmnn, 
vou know. When voa come up next arsbinn. 1 
bop* u atoir ;nd bft dMaghiM^-TMr «M»h4 



1 



ALKC FORBES OF HOWGLEX. 



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'.. «: .:.:;- .- r.^i; Mr. 1\t\<:s." 

.'. ■ . ;» ■—■i & ;. I yarruion'* '.il 1 man i*tr.t i-n. 
ui. T i>". .: *~<r/ ::.;r.;r cxcii-t (ircck. F. r 

4 1. ■*■ *■• .jr.. :•/ i.Aie. r.v Ta/c$i(jilitv. ai'v iVilin-j 
. •'■..: V.':. ■»: ;.'■ ci . knuH-. however, h-: tnu^h: 
■- • . "•■=--■.■ r '..:•'":'■-•:. tl«.'iL-iv. 

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.' - 'zi*'. : ■: :'..-: * ■ .■: ihi.t Ai^c** il.f'usljr-s 
. >-r. l.rTi'.l : . . : i a |'!ofc*>iyi!. 'I'li • umtj 

' -. .^^.: £i>'.::c r. ::.•.: ii.:;<:r l.c lik<-d ti. • i^t :i 
■ ' . ■ / » 'i I'ii'f. : iiii a: li-HiTtli. afur t-r.c or l^^^^ 

• ■ ■-•'.: i: ■*;:!. Mr. Fr:i.-cr. ho resulvet!. ni ;- 
»• .* •-i..-.rrir tJ r*i il.o * nFM^n w.i.s ciiii>iilc-riil-!v 
f . ■ ■.;.fjy^, to a:;c-ri'l ti.c ariutumiral couivc iVr 
ti:': rr-'. :( it. Tiic (jrcek and Latin wore tul- 
cra'/v f^n^v to him, and it would be m> miuli 
•;rr.': jrain'-l if ho entered ihc fir?t mcdiral claf* 
at Micc. lie n'.C'd not stand tiic examination 
ex^'i.t ho liked, and the fee ivjis not l>v unv 
ff.':nn- lar^.'c. II ia mot ho r was miiie than ^aUj^- 
fi'-d viith \hv. ]iro{K>«aI, and, although wiiat M>eni- 
C'd a triilo to Alec was of ^ome conscu'icnce tn 
he. . )>he «€..t him at omrc the ncc-CK$ar\' fupplici*. 
Mr. FrnA<-i' «mfMitlied the wav fur him with the 
profe^tf-or, and he was soon husy making up his 
4istuncc by a close t^tudy of the class- bookju. 



CIIAITER XXXVI. 

The fir»t dnv of his Attendance in the dis- 
floctiii(;-rnorn \\aN a moinonible one, and had 
memorable con^cqnenee8. He had considerable 
mi}ipvin^s alx^ut the new experience he had to 
meet, and tfoughff by the concentration of his 
will, to prepare himself to encounter the inevita- 
ble with calmnoKs, and, if possible, with seeming 
indiiforence. But he was not prepared after all 
for the disadvantage of entering a company al- 
ready hardened to tli(>;<c f)cculiaritie8 of the po- 
nition for which u certain induration is as de- 
sirable as unavoidable. 

When he entered the room, he found a group 
already gathered. He drew timidly towanl the 
table on the other side, not daring to glance nt 
something which lay u|>on it — ** white with the 
whiteness of what is dead;" and, feeling as if all 
the men were looking at him, as indeed most of 
them were, kept staring, or trj'ing to stare at 
other things in the room. But all at once, from 
an irresistible impulse, he faced round, and look- 
ed at the table. 

There lay the body of a woman, with a young 
sad face, beautiful in spite of a terrible scar on 
the forehead, which indicated too plainly with 
what brutal companions she had consorted. 
Alec's lip quivered, and his throat swelled with a 
painful sensation of choking. He turned away, 
and bit his lip hard to keep down his emotion. 

The best quality he possessed was an entire 
and profound reverence for women. Indigna- 



tioa ewB vasalmrMit qnrllcd in the ihodte 
ftri^eu when uiie ui ilie studcuto, fur ite|h» 
=re 1 f sn^icrinK ai bit discompoMire, sad 
a iiOii>£ Of Ills own superiuritr to raicii 
u::er:d a bniul jest. In rain the nptimejiej 
n-.jde i:s 'Thiie appeal to the atUTene: tk^pj 
L:.i.>wcd :lie silence about it« head. 

Bu: no nidt-ne<s eoalJ hurt that 
I'.car: — no insult brinp n Uoah on thatpdefal 
Ti.« oiotfcd eyc«, the abandoned hands 
<.:.Iy to f-ray : 

" Let mc in:o the dark^-ont of the (mtf I 
ihoM> mcnl" 

Ai.-c gave one sob in the vain effort to 
the LMndicting emotions of indignation nA\m.^ 
It uvcrlicrattnl in th» langh which bonttal 
::.o «:uuents of the healing art. Almost qKicV 
Ld iii the laugh be Iieord one word, bovcvnia 
\\ic- s:iiiic \oicc which had made the jest — tnis 
l.j kieA v.ell enough — that of Patrick Ba» 
e!i.inM>. His face blazed np; his ercs flstU. 
.'luii ho I.:iii made one step forward, when hen 
:ir-.H'^:(^i by the siill face of tlic dead wcka 
ul.iiii. ;:hf)$ily AS the morning mcwn, rennsii 
no \i\j\\ ill the r.^l sunlight of liis wroih; at 
in reverence he ri^nained his anger. InanotbP 
niunieni il.e prutV!»Mir arrived. 

During the hi-iure and accompanying dcm- 
>trniiun^. Ah*o was deaf and blind from bonuBf 
rage : in the midst of whicli, however, he ahM 
I'lirgiit his own wrong in regarding that dooev 
the 'K-ad. lie Uvamc, in hia own eyes, tki 
eh.'impion ot one whom nature and death U 
nni:ed to rentier defensrlcs»i. Frcm the xfs^ 
of a gulf inciru teniblc than tho grave, her or 
had reai'hed liim, and l«u would rise to aveiBi 
her. 

As s'-on n^ thry cnmo out, he walked npts 
Beauch.in:)*. 

** You call il mo a spoony." he said through bit 
set teeth. 

"I did," iinMu-rcd Bear, eh amp, with an id> 
niirable drawl of indifi'ereni.'e. 

Alec replied with a blow ; whereupon Bess- 
ehamp knocked biin down. But he was up ins 
moment : ond, although his antagonist waiboU 
ohler and bigger, the elasticity of his perica 
health «oon lH>p:,n to tell. There was little 
soil nee lieiwceu them, and what there was hr 
on BcAuchnm)i'8 side ; yet he defended hinueV 
more and more feebly, for his wind had fooa 
given way. At length, after receiving a teniUe 
blow on the mouth, Beauehamp dropped hii aim 
and turned his back ; and Alec, after some bcn- 
tation, let him go without the parting kick vhkk 
he was tempted to give him, and which he hsd 
so well desen'ed. 

The men dispersed without remark, aahsnied 
of themselves, and admiring the bnnipkin<_mort 
of them were gentlemen enough for that ; while 
each of the combatants retired unaccompanied 
to his own lodging — Alec with a black eje, which 
soon passed through yellow black to its on 
natural hue, and Beanchamp with a cut, the 
scar of which deepened tho sneer on his upper 
lip, and was long his evil coanaelor Iran the 
confessional of tho mirror. 



ALEC ]<X)RBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



63 



CHAPTER XXXVII. 

The enconntcr fortunately took place npon a 
Friday, 80 that the combHtantii had iNitli Satur- 
day and Sundoy, with the dcodand of a slight 
fine for being absent from chapel, to recover np- 
pearanceit. Alec kept to the house both days, 
and read hard at hb medical and anatomical 
books. His landlady took charge of his eye, and 
ministered to it with assiduity and discretion, 
asking no qoestions, and courting no confi- 
dencea, onW looking at him comically now and 
then out of gray motlierly cvck, that might have 
been tmsted with the uni^'crso. She knew tlio 
wajB of students. In the course of one of the 
drasings, she said-^ 

"Ye Ml be thinkin* lang (ennuyt), Mr. Forbes, 
at baein* to bide i' the hooi« wi' that blackamoor 
eeo^ yours. Hoo dinna ye ganpr up tho stair to 
Mr. Capplcs, and hae a huicli wi' him ?'* 

** I didna ken ye imd onv btxlv n\) the stair. 
WhaUMr.Cupples?" 

■< Weel, ho kens thnt best himscl* ! But he *8 
agey queer ane. He *s u terrible scholar, though, 
fowk says — gran' at the Greek, and racl bonny 
on the mathewman-tics. Only ye maunna bo 
flert {fiyjhttmd) at him.** 

"I'm easy flcvt," said Alec, with a laugh. 
'Mlat I wad like to Ko him." 

"Gang up, than, and chap nt the garret door 
apo'jerleft ban'." 

"But what reason am I to gic him for dis> 
tirhin* him ?** asked Alec. 

'^Ow nane nva. Jist tak'a moufu* o' Greek 
vi*ye to speir the riuht mcanin'o', gin ye maun 
baenrision.'* 

**That will do just first-rate,** said Alec ; ** for 
h?re I have been puszling over a sentence for the 
I«it half hour with nobody but this dim-sighted 
f^ of a Schrerelius to help me out with it. 
I ^ SO directly. But I look such a blackguard 
*Hh this game eye !*' 
The landlady laughed. 

''Tea '11 sane forget that whan vc sec Mr. 
Copples." 

To the dismay of his nurse, Alec pulled the 
l^ndage oif his eye, and amid licr cxpostula- 
lioni caught up his book, and rushing away, 
liMBded up the garret stairs, which ascended 
MUidethedoorof they^af. At the top, he found 
liiniSQlf under the bare roof, with only l)oards and 
data between him and the clouds. The land- 
ing was lighted by a sky -light, across which dili- 
int and undisturbed spiders had woven their 
vcbi for years. He stood for a moment or two, 
pnnkd as to whicli door ho ought to assail, for 
■11 the doors about looked like closet doors, 
kadioR into dingy recesses. At Inst, with the 
•id of hit nose, be made up his mind, and knock- 
ed. 

"Come in,** cried a voice of peculiar tone. It 
reminded Alee of something he could not at all 
identify, which was not wonderful, seeing it was 
of itself, heard once before, that it reminded him. 
It was the mom voice which, as he walked to the 
debate, the first night, had warned him not to 
look nt rainbows. 
He opened the door and entered. 
'*Wbatdo yon want?" said the voice, its source 
alnoM inrlsible in the thick fumes of genuine 
piguil, through which it sent cross odors of as 
gnnina SenUrat. 



" I want you to help me with a bit of Homer, 
if you please, Mr. Cnpples. — I 'm not up to Ho- 
mer vet." 

*^ 1>o ye think I hnc nacthing itherto do than 
to grin' tho grandur o' an auld hayihcn into 
spunemate fur a young sinner like you ?'* 

** Ye dinna ken what I 'm like, Mr. Cupplcs,** 
returned Alec, remembering his landlady's in- 
junction not to bo afraid of him. 

** Comu athortthc reck, and lat 's Inik at vc." 

Alec obeyed, nnd found the speaker seated by 
the side of a little fire, in an old eosv-chair cov- 
ered with horse hair ; and while unclcrgoing his 
scrutiny, took his revenge in kind. Mr. Cupplcs 
was a man who might have been of almost any 
age from fivc-and-i wcnty to fifty — at least, Alec's 
expericncu was insufficient for tho task of deter- 
mining to what decade of human years he be- 
longed. He was a little man, in a long black 
tail-coat much too large, and dirty gray trowscrs. 
He had no shirt-collar visible, although a loose 
rustv stuck revealed tho whole of his brown neck. 
His hair, long, thin, fair, and yet a good deal 
mingled with gray, straggled about over an un- 
commonly hif^h forehead, which had somehow 
the neglected nnd ruinous look of an old bare 
tower no ivy had beautified. His ears stood far 
out from his great head. Hii< nose refuses to be 
described. His ]i])s were plentiful and loose ; 
his chin was not worth mentioning; his eyes 
were rather large, beautifully formed, bright and 
blue. His hand, small, delicately shaped, and 
iirty, grasjied, all the time ho wac cxanii.iing 
Alec, a tumbler of steaming toddy ; while his 
feet, in list slipjxirs of ditl'orent colors, balanced 
themselves upon the fender. 

** You 'vc been fighting, you young rascal !" 
said Mr. Cupples, in a tone of authority, the mo- 
ment he had satisfied himself aI>out Alec's coun- 
tenance. '* That won't do. It 's not respect- 
able." 

And he ga^-e the queerest unintelligible grin. 

Ah'c found himself strangely attracted to him, 
nnd imf>clled — a feeling not unfrequent with him 
— to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing 
but the truth. 

*^Tho world itself isn*t tho most respectable 
])lanet in the system, Mr. Cupplcs," he said ; 
'* and no honest inhabitant of it can be always 
respectable cither." 

Mr. Cupplcs chuckled and laughed groggily, 
muttering somewhere in his chest — 

** You young dog ! there 's stuff in you !" Then 
composing himself a little, he .said aloud : ''Tell 
me all alM)ut it directly." 

Alec ol)cyed, and, not without emotion, gave 
Mr. Cupplcs the whole history of the affair. 

** Damn you!" remarked Mr. Cupples in a 
husky voice, ns he held out a trembling hand to 
Alec, " you 're one of the rij^ht sort. 1 '11 do 
any thing for you I can. Where 's vour Ho- 
mer?" 

So snying, he rose with care and went towarc 
n cn]ilH)ard in the corner. His pipe had been so 
far iut<'rrnptcd during their conversation, that 
Alec wai now able, by the light of the tallow caudle, 
to s(^e the little garret room, with its ceiling on 
one side sloping nearly to the floor, its walls be- 
grimed with smoke, and the bare plaster covered 
with gi'otesquo pencil- drawinpis— caricatures of 
Homeric heroes in the guise of school-boys, po- 
lemic clergymen of the city in the garb of fisli- 



•4 ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 

-wr-ii s.1.i&:;l acri *ut:b like. A bed and a small ! ly little occaiuon for ita exerciae ; and Vo. 
'.r.iM': :€ irx-mtr* ^sood andcr the »\o\te of the roof, { Forbes, finding lienelf lonelj in her f*arlor d» 
xrji ".'\ r^: '.f :h« nxAi was occupied by a painted ; ing the lonp foremffkls, got into the habit of Rsi 
ZA..^. r.-'.:e>i wi:h papers, and a chair or twa | ing Mary at least three times a week to ktd 
Jir. ..; ir-.xa-vord leaned against the wall in a ; her. This was not agreeable to the Bruce. ha 
*^.m .'. A Lilf or«n cnpboard revealed bottles, i the kingly inheritor abode hia hour ; and 3fai 
g'-LHes. a.: A a dr^'-l'^jking cheese. To the cor- | Forbes had no notion of the amount of offeat 



r^->.r.:.::z ccpUjari, on the othi-r side of the fire, she garo by doing so. 
••1 . . -. ivi I'/f : a comer by the descent of the roof, | That parlor at llowglen was to Annie a liide 
M-. (: y.l^ Xt^-r dragged hi» idippcn, feeling in ^ heaven hullowod oat of the winter. The vsn 
1,.% v'j'^vat pocket, as he went, for the key. , curtains drawn, and the fire biasing defiaath- 
Tl'.Tb « M another door still, partly sunk in the • the angel with the flaming sword to protect tfas 
il.TV; rfile ceilinp. ■ Paradise from the frost, it waa indeed a oonint 

W.-.t^n h* o(-':n«rd ihc cupboanl, a duftky glim- ' to the sordid shop and tbe rat-haunted ganfL 
orr '4 i'gA'ixidi'i hindinKS filling the whole rcce&s. After tea they took it in turna to work aada 
Kv.-r.'i oat u[ir.n the (iin<ry room. From a slielf read. Mrs. Forbes had nercr sought to sstiift 
Lt '.^y/K, a volume '/f Homer, bound in vellum, ! the religious public as to the atate of her Biii 
«:!'. r'.'i &J(rc-> — ac'ipyof far greater value than and so had never been led astray into maki^ 
A !.':1. id knowlcd^r^ol'liookH to understand — and fnintic efforts to rouse her own feelings; vkiik 
L\'rti::'j[ the do'jr n^ain, rcftiimcd liLs scat in the is, in fact, to apply to them the hottest soari^ 
ec-r^hair. Having found the pnssnge, he rend iron of all, next to that of sin. Hence her (*»• 
it I i.r'iU^ih aloud in 11 manner which made Homer, tional touch remained delicate, and «;Iiat Ai 
f'iT t}ie fir^t time S4^>und like (xwtry in Alec's cars, ■ could understand, she could feel. The gtfi 
ar.d almr^Kt revealed the liiddJn significance. | l>«>oks she liked best were stories of the Smck 
T)."n fxiiincing at once uiion the shadowy word . ('ovennnters and Worthies, whose cxan|Jft 
wliicii was the key to the whole, he laid oiton the - however much of stiff-neckedncss msy hsif 
r-on*!ruciion and' meaning in one sentence of , mingled with their devotion, was yet the IsK 
ex;>l:inaiion. j that Annie couki have, inasmuch as they «A 

"Tliank you! thank you!" exclaimed Alec. ! simply ninrtvrs — men who would not say is 
** I *^c i: uli now ns ]ilain as Knglisii.*' when they ought to say no. Nor was Mn 

** Stop, htop, my yoiin;; Imntaiu!" said Mr. Forbes too religious to enjoy t lie rcprescntatioi 
f'l:; pies. ** Don't tiiink you >c going Ut break , given of thew Covenanters in ** Old Mortaliiv.' 
into my ]irivacy and get ofl^ with the booty so Her feelings found nothing repubivc in thcU'ck 



chciply, Just you construe the whole sentence 
to mc. 

Alr.'C did so tolerably well ; for the ]>nssagc was 



although hhe never discovered the reason in tat 
fact that 8ir Walter's feelings were the same m 
her own, whatever his opinions might be, sid 



only an easy extract, the class not luiving reached i had given the chief color and tone to the rvpi^ 
Homer yet. Mr. Cupplcs put several questions! sentation of his characten. There were bmr 
to him, which gave him more insight into Greek j books in the house than was usunl eren in thtf 
than n week's work in the cla»s would have done, I of a rjcntletnan fanner ; and scTcml of Sir Wst 
snd ended with a small lecture ttuggcHted by the| terV novels, besides some travels, and a littk 
passage, drinking away at his toddy ail the time, j Scotch lii>tory, were read between them thst 
The lecture and the toddy ended together. Turn- winter. In poetn*, Annie had to forage for bod- 
ing I)i4 head aside, where it lay liack in tlic horse \ self. Mrs. Forbes could lend her no gniding 
hair chair, he said sleepily: ' { hand in that direction. 

•' (io away — I don't know your name. — Come ' The bond between them grew stronger even 
and R(>e me to-morrow night.' I *in drunk now." j day. Annie was to Mrs. ForfcK» an outlet for btf 

Alec rose, made some attempt at thanks, re-! moternity whieli could never have outlet enough 
ceivod no syllable of reply, and went out, closing I without a girl as well as n boy to love • and As- 
the dour behind him, and leaving Mr. Cupplesto ! nic, inconsequence, was surrounded by nniobn- 
his dreams. j 1p:<s holy inHucnces, which, operaiini; in n tine 

His countenance had not made much nppn)xi- j when she was growing fast, had their full cffiDCt 
mation to rcsi^cctability )M>tore the M<inday. He; u|)on mind and body both. In a condition of 
thcrefiiru kept it as well as ho coidd out 'of Mr. , rapid change, the mass is more yielding and re- 
Fru.ser's sijirhr, to whom he did not wish to give ; sjKinsive. One result in her was, that a censii 
ex])lanntions to the projiidice of any of his fellow- ' sol)or grace, like that of the lorcly dull-featbered 
students. Mr. Frascr, however, saw his black eye , hen-birds, began to manifest itself in her cs^ 
wellenough, but was too discreet to a»>k questions, riage and her ways. And this leads mctore- 
and ap]>eared quite unaware of the transitory | murk that her outward and visible feathers wouU 
blemish. ■ have been dull enough had not Mrs. Forho 

I come to her aid with dresses of her own, which 
they n'made between them; for it will easily be 



CHAITER XXXVHI. 



believed that no avoidable outlay remained mi- 
avoide<l by the Bruces. Indeed, but fur the 



Mkaxtime, at Glamerton the winter passed : feeling tliat she must be decent on Sunday's, tlifj 
very miieii like former winters to all hut tiircc — ■ would have let her go yet shabbier than slie w 
Mrs. Forbes, Annie Anderson, and Willie Mac- ! when Mrs. Forl)es thns partially adopted Iter, 
wha. To thciie the loss of Alec was drear}-. So Now that she wils warmly and neatly dressed, 
they were in a manner compelled to draw closer, she l)ogan to feel and look more like tlie lady- 
toother. At school Curly assumed the protect- ' child she really wns. No doubt the contmt 
orship of Annie which had naturally devolved j was very |)aiiiful when she returned ftom Mil- 
niNin him, although there was now comparative- Forbcs's warm parlor to sleep in her own gaireli 



ALICC POBBES OF UOWGLEN. 



Willi ihc anoiv on the roor, scnniy clniliine 
ibc bed, nn<t ihe roi> in llie floor. But there 
are ituo sLiles la a cuntrast ; and it is vronderful 
aba how one geti through what ctie can not gel 

o important retiuts fur Annie, 

Robert Bruce vat miilciDR i 
r«it M ha wished. For his telunu cuoe unl; 
in small suma, aliliough the proliu were groat. 
IIi> cusloinon were chiefl/ of the poorer classes 
of the town and iho ncighlforhood, who prefer- 
red hii unpretending ahop to Iho more abuw; 
MtablithmcniB of aomc of his riTols. A sort of 
cwriAy, paiiky, conlideDtiallj' flattering way ihat 
ha had ttith tbem, pleased them, and oantribuied 
greatlj to keep them true lo bis counter. And as 
he knew how to buy ai well as bow to aell, ilio 
poor people, if Ihe; had nol Ihe worth of iliei 
moncT, had at least what was good of its sort 
But, as I hare said, nllhoach he was making 
* I to bo rich, be wua not succeeding fast 
gli. So he bethought him that Ihc Mi 
r Kirk was gelling "Terra throng." 
monih or two bcforo ihia time, iho Mission- 
am hud made choice of a rer; able man for lliei 
pnstar — a man of genuine and alrong religious 
fcelin);, irho did not allow bis Iheolog}' to inU 
C:rc wiili the teachinR^ven him by God's Spi 
moratbanheconldhclp, and who, if lie had bocn 
capable of making a partv nl all, would hare 
dfl it with the poor againat ihe rich. This 
n had galheroJ nboat him a large congrcga- 
1 of the lower classes of Glamerlon ; and 
Bruce had learned with some uneasiness Ihnt » 
laidcrable portion of hia ciwlomcrs was lo bo 
fband in tho Missiunar Kirk on Sundays, espe- 
cially in the evenings. For Ihcre was a grocer 
among the Miraionan, who, ho feared, might 
draw some of his subjcctsawa; from lltcir altcgi- 
ance, seoinji he must have a ecrtnin religions in- 
fluenco of which Robert wiu void, to bring to 
in Ihcm. What tliercfore rcmnined hnt 
. . 100 fhould join the congTcgatiun ? Fur 

ihon he would not only reiain ttte old, but tiuro 
a chance of gaining new ciutomen as well. So 
he look a week lo think about il, a Sunday lo 
r Mr. Tumbull in order that the change 
might not seem too abrnpt, and a pow under tho 
gallary before the itoxt Sunday arrircd ; in 
which, Eve miniiics before the hour, be and his 
(kDiily wero leaiod, adding greatly lo the conse- 
qusnco both of Iho pUce and uf bimself in iho 
cya of bis Uiaaionar milamcrs. 

This chnngo wb« a tource of rnneh pleasure lo 
hnnie. For allhough she found Ihe service 
aora wearisome than good Mr. Cowio's, lasting 
la il did about Ibree quarters of an hour longer, 
and (he sermoi) was not inrarioUly of a kind in 



raiiods, and leitifled of ihat which ho had him- 
self Men and known, Iho honest heart of the 
miiiden rcoosnlzed the iruih, and listened ab- 
sorb^. Tna young Braces, for their pflrtj, 
would gUdly hnvo gone to ileep, which woald 
perhn|i> have been ilie moil prafllnbia use lo 
which Ihey ronld put lhi.-tinte; but ihoy 
kej>t upright nnd in n incaaore awake, by the 
I application, "sidkowine," of Iho pa- 



inil tho jadlekiiii adminisiralkm, 



on [ho port nf the mother, of the unfailing pep- 
permint kacngc<, lo which in Ihe process ^ages 
n certain aabbaliunl eharaeter has attached itself 
To Annie, liowever, nosnch minitlnitionexund- 
ed, for it would have been downright wasie, see- 
ing she could keep awnko without il. 

One bri|:ht frosty morning, ihe sermon hijf- 
giening lo have no relation lo Iho light around or 
wilhin ihcm, but onlv lo the covenanCmado with 
Abraham — such a legal docaiucnt conilitnting 
tho only reliable proleclion agninst the chnroctor, 
inclinations, and duties of the Almighty, whose 
uneovenanted mercies are of a very doubtful na- 
ture — Annie, neither able to cnler into ihe snb- 
jeci, nor to keep from shivering with the cold, 
tried lo nmUFO herself with gaaing at one bril- 
liant sunslrcak on tlicwall, which ihc bnddiicov^ 
erod to bo gradually shortening itself, and re- 
treating toward the window by which it had 
entered. Wondering how far it would hove 
moved before llie sermon was ovtr, and whether 
it would have shone so very bright if GoU had 
made ik> coTenanl with Abraham, she was earn- 
estly watching it pass from spot lo s|>ot, and 
from cobweb to cobweb, as if ajrendy ii flej be- ^ 
fore Iho coming darkness of iho long winter 
nighl, when ahe caught a glimpse of a very po- 
culiar couniennnea turned in the aamo dircctian 
— ihat is, not toward the minister, but toward 
Ibis traveling light. She thought ihc woman 
was watching it as welt as she, and wondered 
wbelher she Eoo was hopini; for a plate of liol 
broth as soon as ihe sunbeam had gone a certain 
dislBUco — brollk being Iho Sunday fnro nilh Ihe 
Bmces — and. I jirciump, with luosl families in 
ScolUiitl. Tho counlcnance wai very plain, 
seamed and scarred us if Ihc woman hud fallen 
into Iho fire when a child ; and Annlu bail not 
looked at hrr twn seconds, bcforo >lie saw that 
she was ]ierfocily blind. Indeed slio itioughl nl 
firal that sho had no eves al nit ; but a> she kept 
gazing, foscinnred with the slrangencssand iigli- 
ncu of the face, she discovered that iho cyeliils, 
though incapiddo of lepHraling, were in constant 
motion, nnd tlinl a shrunken eyeball underneath 
each kept rolling and turning ever, ti* if search- 
ing for something ii conld not Bud. Sliu saw 
too that ihcro was ■ light on tlic fucc, a light 
which came neither from the sun in Ihu skr, noT 
the sunlienm on the wait, toward which il was 
unconsciously turned. 1 think it mast have been 
the hcavGiity bow ilsclf, shining upon nil human 
clouds — a Iww that hod shone far thonsniida of 
ages before orcr there was nn Abraham, or a 
Nunh, or nny other of our fnitliloss gcnemliou, 
which will nol irusi its Gud unless ho awoar that 
he will not destroy ihem. li was tho ugliest 
face. But oi-er il, as over the roggod channel 
of tlic sea, flowed ilu) traniparotu waves of a 
heavenly detighl. 

When Iho service was over, almost l»(bro itie 
words of the l)cnedictioR hod lefi ilio minisiBr's 
lips, the people, oceotdlng to Scotch hahii, hur- 
ried out of Ihe chapel, as If Ihey couUI nol pii»- 
albly endure one word luuie. Bui Aanlc, who 
was nlwnyi pnl up to tho top of tlut pew, berniiae 
thorn, by rcaiKin of on intru^ng pillar, ii required 
a painful twist of iho neck lo mc the minisur, 
■ti>i>d staring nl ibe blind trmnnn no she fell lief 
itAf out uf ths ohapt'l. Tlwru wiw an fenr at 
palling her oni 1^ sinrlnz id hi-r. Whi'ii, at 
WBgtlits'M tMoaii Iwr Iik<i ibo lyn a^,(l» 



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fcond her sUnding bv tho door, taming her 
■gfatleA fice on all sidei, as if looking for some 
one and tiring hard to open her eyes that she 
might see better. Annie watched her, till, see- 
ing her lips move, she knew, half br instinct, 
^ac she was murmuring, "The bnim 's forgot- 
ten mc !** Thereupon she glided up to her and 
said |i;ent1y : 

** If ye''ll tell mc whaur yc bide, I s' tak* ye 
hamc.'* 

•* What do they ca* you, bairn ?** returned the 
blind woman, in a grnfT, almost manlike voice, 
hardly less unpleasant to hear than her face was 
to look at. 

" Annie Anderson," answered Annie. 

'* Ow, ay ! I thoucht as mucklc. I ken a* aboot 
yc. Gio's a baud o' vcr han*. I bide i* that 
wee hoosic down at tho brig, atwccn the dam and 
ihe Glamour, yc ken. Ye '11 baud mc aflf o' the 
stancs ?*• 

** Ay will I," answcretl Annie confidently. 

''I could gang my lane, but I'm growin' 
some auld noo, and I *m jist raither feared for 
fa'in'." 

*' What garrod yc think it was me — I never 
spak till yc afore ?" asked Annie, as they walk- 
ed on together. 

" Wecl, it 's jist half guissin', an' half a kin' o' 
jcedgmcnt — pittin things thegithcr, yc ken, my 
bairn. Yc see, I kent a' the bairns that come to 
oor kirk wccl cncuch already. I ken the word 
and amaist the fit o' them. And I had heard tell 
'at Maistcr Bruce was como to oor kirk. Sac 
whan a lassie spak till mc 'at I never saw afore, 
I jist ft kin' o' kent 'at it bude to Ixs yerscr." 

All this was spoken in tlic same harsh voice, 
fall of jars, as if ever driving against corners, ami 
ready to break into a hoanio whis])cr. But tho 
woman held Annie's hand kindly, and yielded 
like a child to her gnidnncc, which was as care- 
ful as that of the angel that led Peter. 

It was a new delight to Annie to have some 
one to whom nhc, a child, could Iw a kititi of 
motlicr, toward whom she could fulfill a woman's 
highest calling — that of ministerimj unfo ; and it 
was with something of a sacred pride tiiut she led 
her snfc home, through the snowy streets, and 
down the steep path that led from tho level of 
tho hri(l;;e, with its three high stone arclies, to 
the little meadow where her cottage stood. Be- 
fore they reached it, the blind woman, whoso 
name was Tibbie {hobel) Dystcr, had put many 
questions to her, and without asking one indis- 
creet, had yet, by her gift for fitting and fusing 
things in the retort of her own brain, come to a 
tolerably correct knowledge of her character, 
circumstances, and history. 

As soon as they entered the cottage, Tibbie 
was entirely at her ease. The first thing she 
did was to lift the kettle from the fire, and feel 
the fire with her hands in order to find out in 
what condition it was. She would not allow An- 
nio to touch it : she could not trust the creature, 
that had nothing but eyes to guide her, with sucli 
a delicate affair. Her very hands looked blind 
and tr}'ing to see, as, with fine upKrurred tips, they 
went wandering over the tops of the live peats. 
She rearranged them, put on some fresh pieces 
blew a little at them all astray and to no purpose, 
was satisfied, coughed, and sunk upon a chair 
to put her bonnet off. Most women of her sta- 
tion wore only a vtutch or close cai>, but Tibbie 



wore a bonnet with a brillumthr fgHfrSAoLm 
fond was she of briglit eolom, aUfaangh tbe U 
nothing but the testimonr of othcn^ npi 
enongh ere it snccceded in einowinK the iMi^ 
tanccs of her brain, as to the <*ficct of those cm 
with which she adorned her own pqioa, Hff 
room was very bare, hut as clean as it waipai 
ble fur room to be. Her bed was in the id 
which dirided it ftrom tbe rest of the Iumm^ ai 
this one room wai her whole habitatioiL Ik 
other half of the cottage was oeeapied tgraieli 
cripple, nearly bedridden, to whose nuaj m» 
sities Tibbie used to minister. The eyes cf di 
one and the legs of the other woiked in tokntk 
harmony ; and if they had a qnarrel nov Hi 
then, it was no greater than gave a aest to Aar 
intercourse. Tliese particalan^ however, 
did not learn till afterward. 

She looked all about the room, and 
sign of any dinner for Tibbie, was 
thereby that her own chance had conaiderdri|yfr 
minishcd. 

*' I maun awa hame,** she said with a tigk 

"Av, lassie; they'll bo bidin' their dcasB 
for ye." 

***Xa, nae fear o' that,'* answered Annie, ad^ 
ing with another little sigh, ** I doot there wisM 
be muckle o' the broth to the fore or I n 
liamc." 

**Wccl, jist bide, bairn, an' tak* a capo' tif 
wi* mc. It 's a' 'at I hao to offer re. nill n 
bide ?" 

* * May be I wad be i' yer gait, *' objected Asoic 
feebly. 

' * *Na, na ; nae fear o' that. Ye 'U read a lii 
to me eftcrhin." 

**Ay will I." 

And Annie stayed all tho afternoon with TSk> 
bie, and went home with the Brnoes after iki 
evening ser^'ico. This was the b^inning of kr 
acquaintance with Tibbie Dyater. 

It soon grew into a custom for Annie to tiki 
Tibhio home from the chapel — a cnatom whidi 
the Bruccs could hardly hare objected to^ bad 
they been so inclined. But they were not a» 
inclined, for it saved the broth — that is, each of 
them got a little more in consequence, and Ai- 
iiic's absence was therefore a Sabbath blcMBg. 

Much as she was neglected at home, however, 
Annie was steadily gaining a good repntatioa ia 
the town. Old men said she waa a gnde baiiWi 
and old women said she was a donee lasae; 
while those who enjoyed finding fault more that 
giving praise, tumc^l their silent approbation dt 
Annie into expressions of disapproval of the 
Bruccs — 'Mattin' her gang like a beggar, asgia 
she was no kith or kin o* theirs, whan it's wed 
kent whaso heifer Bob Bruce is plooln* wi*.** 

But Robert nevertheless grew and ptxtspered all 
day, and dreamed at night that he was the king, 
digging the pits for the Knglish cavalry, and cor- 
cring them again with tho treaeherons tnrC 
Somehow the dream never went farther. Hie 
field and the kingship would vanish and he onlv 
remain, tlicsame Bobert Bruce, the general deaf- 
er, ])lotting still but in his own shop. 



ALEC FORBES OF llOWGLEN. 



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CHATTER SXXIS. 

BeapoRBivG to Mr. CupplGi'a liut worili ntlcr- 
•d rrom ihc brink of the pit into which liu iplrlt 
iru linking, and probably Turgotten llraight- 
«■;, Alec knocked ■! hU door u|Kin Ibo Sunday 
ovcninp. and enlared. The slningo uresture 
wna Billing in the lane poiition ra bcruro, liwk- 
Ing n^ If be had not riicn lincche ipoko Ihow 
words. Bal there was an MleralioD in the place, 
a certain Sunday look about iho njom, which 
Alec could not account for. Tlie wiTnc cDrica- 
turoa ji!Blcd from the walls; the uima tumbler of 
toddy wu itcaming on the talib amid ihe fame 
iiucj orboolci and jjapen corared with iha same 
duil and marked wiili the same circles from tho 
bottoms of net tumblers and gtasKS. The ume 
cullj-clny,ofon¥iahIcblacl(nese,rcpo»dbciivM;u 
tbn Icclh of Mr. CupplcK. 

After he hod bctn Mated for a few niomcnri, 
however. Alec all at once dlreoToroU iho Boiircc 
of the rcfiir I ufll ion-took of the place : Bilr, Cup- 
jilca hod on a (hirt-eollar— clean and of impoa- 
ini; jiropnriiona. To this no doubt wa* attach- 
ed a shirr, but as there was no Fnnher sign of iia 
presence, it could not hare nffeclcil the nspecl of 
IhinRS. Althuiigb, however, this slilrt-collar was 
no doubt the chief canie of the change of cxprc*. 
non in the room. Alec, in the course of ihe even- 
ing, dJMOTcred farther signs of improTemcni in 
the morals; ouc, that the heanh had been cleared 
of a great heap of ashes, and now looked modest 
nnd moderate, ns if belonging to nn old maid's 
cottage, instead of an old hnchelor't garrcl ; and 
another, that, upon the aniidy table lay an ojien 
book of divinity, a volume of Gurnall's " Chris- 
tian Armour" namely, which I fear Mr. Cupples 
had chosen more tor' Its nit than its dcToiion. 
While making thcae discoveries, Alec chanced to 
ohaervo — ho whs quick-eyed— that some of the 
dnaty papers on the table were scrawled over 
incc of metrical 

what kind of (wcirv roirUI the most nnjioelic- 
looking Mr. Ciipplcs [irojuce from that great 
head of his with the lanky colorless hair? But 

of iho inlervioK'. 

" Ony mait Greek, laddie f" askod Mr. Cup- 

"No, thank yoo, sir," answered Alee. "I only 
came to see you. You told me to come again 
■o-niKht." 

" Old 1 1 Well, it may stand. But I [irolcKt 
ngainit being made accountable for any thing 
that fellow Cupplos may chooso lo sujr when I'm 
not at liomc." 

Here he emptied hit glass of toddy, and niled 
h again from the tumbler. 

"Shall I go away V asked Alec, half bewilder- 
ed. 

"Ko, no; sit stilt. You're a good tort of 
innocent, I think. I won't giro you any 
toitdy, thongh. Yoii needn't look so greedy at 

it." 

■• I don't want any to>]d)-. sir. I never drnnk 
a tumbler in my life." 

'•For God's sake," exclaimed Mr. Ciipplps, 
with indden enerin', leaning forward In Ills clialr, 
bii blue eyes Maihlng on AInc — " for (lad's jinke, 
flevrr drink a drop. Rainbows. Rjiitihow i." 

Time last two worda mn qiiAen after 
^ — 



pause, and in a tone of Bsdnen. Alee thoUgHT' I 
lie was drunk nguin, and half rose to go. 

" Dinnagang ytt," said Mr. CupiJea,' unthori- 

tativcly. "To come at yer ain will : ve maim 

gang at mine. Gin I cud bat get a kicii at thai' 

fellow Cnpples I But I declare I eanna help il. 

Gin I war God, I wad care him o' drink. '■ ' 

the verra firtt thing I wad do." 

Alec could not help l>elng shocked at tho ir- 

renco of Ihe words. But the solemnity of 

Cupplcs's Tnce speedily dissipated iho feci. 

Suddenly cbaYiging his lone, he wen' 



"What 



remember it. I 



Ue gave in. 



"Alec Forbes. Ill In- 
seldom remember any Ijoay' 
Mmeiimcs furget my onn.' Wbnt was the r>^l- 
low's name you thrashed the other day ?" 

"Patrick Beauchamp. 1 did not mention 

"The deeiil il was !" exclaimed Mr. Cuppit 
halfstBrting from his seat. "Didyegie him 
richl thrashin' ?" 

'■I think he bad the ' 

'" lie comes of a lind lot ! I know all about 
them. They 'ru from Siraihtpcr, where m; 
father came from — at least his fnilier was. I' 
the yonns fellow lums out welt, it 'II be a won 
der. I '11 tell yon oil about them." 

Mr. Cupplcs hero laanehed into a somcwhn 
discursive account of Patrick Beaiieliamp' 
antecedent*, indicating by its minuteness that 
there mast have been peritonal relations of sonie 
kind Iwtween them or their families. I'crlinjM 
ho glancedatsomethingof tliD sort when h«»i Id 
that old Beauchamp was a hard man av«n f<ir a 
lawyer. 1 will condense the story from ili« 
more dilTuso conversational nnrrativo, ini«rm|it- 
cd by question and remark on the part of Alcc, 
and give it the shape of fbrmal history. 

Beanehamp's mothirr was the daughter of a 
Highland chief, whoso pedigree went back to nn 
Irish king of dale sii remote that his cxistenra 
was donbtfol to eveiy one nolpersonolly intcreBt. 
ed in Ihe exiraetiun, Mrs. Beanchnmp had nil 
ibe fierceness wlihonl much of ihe grace belong- 
ing to the Celtic nnlnro. Her pride offilmily, 
even, had not prevented her from revenging lier- 
mtlf upon her father, who had ofibnded her. by 
running away with n hnndsomo W. 8,, wlii\ 
taken with her good looks, and flattered by tlie 
notion of overcoming her pride, had found a con- 
junction of rireumsiancet favorable to Ihe eiin>' 
quest It was not lone, however, befbre boih 
repented of the step. That her flilher should 
disown her was not of much consequence in any 
point of view, but thai nobody in Edinburgh 
would admit her claims to distinction — whii'h 
arose from the fact that they were so nnplena- 
anily n>ivrled thai no one could endure herself 
— did di*gii*I her considerably ; and tier aannv- 
nnco fiinud vent in abuse of her husband ^r 
having failed to place her in the sjihera to wliii-h 
■he lind n juit claim. The consequence wa", 
rhni lie negleetod her; nnd she sat at Iiome 
hnniding over her wron(», despising and at 
length haling her husband, and medi(alin(r plana 
of rdvengo ni soon as her child should be linm. 
At length, wlihinihree tnouihs after Ihe birth of 
hatrlik. she Ibnnd that he was unfniihfol to her. 



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Tu tlili lior bu»band made no farther 
'Jjytv.vJik iLmn fiulicy n.iiuircd. Hut when she 
•r'>'«i'dfd to iin(iu>o nn (iith ufion him tliat he 
v^^^iJ Dcrer take her child fruni her, the heart 
o^ I he father demurred. \Vhcrcui)on »ho bwon> 
!::a!. if crtr be made the attempt, she would 
y iMin the child mther than that ho »huuld sue- 
<.v-.J. 11^.' turned |i:ilc as doath, and she saw 
::iAt hhe li:id i;aiQed her )uint. And, indued, 
:iif woman wa« ca|tablo of any thing to which 
^':«* had made np her miml — a {>ower over onc*d 
» if and friend* not de»irublc exco]it in view of 
*iu :i nn object a^ that of Ijadif Marbrlh. ISut 
Mi>. IWauclinnip, like her, considered it only a 
lx.tiiminj; stren^^th of spirit, and would have 
d«>| i>oil her>clf if she had broken one rcitolution 
for anothi^r indubitabl? better. S> her husband 
li.i(lo her farewell, and made no lamentation ex- 
c -pi over the probable result of such trainini; as 
ill;- child nnisi iicceive at the hands of >uch a moth- 
er. ^^llc withdrew to a countrr town isot far from 
the Moray Frith, where she might live ronifort- 
jMy nn her t^mall income, be n ])er$on ••(' some 
consideration, and reap all the advantage < of ihe 
jKvuliar facilitii's which the place atVurded fur 
ihe education of her boy, whom she would mould 
an J model after her own lieart. 

••So you see, Mr. — I forget ycr nnmc — 
F 'vltcs ? yes, Forbes, if the rascal takes after 
!..« niitther,you have made a dAn};crous enemy," 
*i.'A Mr. Cupplesi in coiiclu>ion. 

Alec lauglied. 

"I advice you,** resumed Mr. Cu]iples, **to 
ki:':-;i a gle-: ec in yer heid, though — se^llU^Iy. 
A b '.h- roav lauch ower afti.-n. It winnu do to 
j;nj: gloweiin* at rainlwus. They *re l>onnie 
T. ;:.;:*. but they *rc nac brig-b:icks. (Jin ye lip- 
■ir. to them. %e 'II l>e i' the water in a cut-louj*.** 

• ■ s 

A'oc was l)ei:inning to enter into tiie humor 
i'f :l.e man. 

"I see s^mciliing like jKXMiy King about the 
rah.'e. Mr. Ciij-ples,'* said he, wiih a sly allusion 
:.:. liic riiinbowf. '* Would yi»!t 1. 1 mi lf><k at it ?'* 

M.. Cupplcs glanced ai him sli;ir|'h ; but re- 
r%:ii immediately : 

•■Broken bits' o' ihcm! And ihe rainbows 
M*: /off cK»Lr) awfii'. ance ye tak' iIa- key.stane 
'■. I ■■■ itiom. Lat thoni j'ii up there, bri;:? i^ftridi/cs) 
^.r naeihing. wi* nae mad uj»o' tlje tap o' 
:. ir.\. ]ik? tJ.e >:ane biig o' l>nimdi»cliart efter 
:. c *|'aie ji(*fttl ,. Hand \cr ban's and yer een 
aflPi.thcm^a* 1 till: ye afore. — Ay, ay. ye can 
4i:.k at thac screeii> pin vi- like. Only dinna say 
:i uord t«t nic aUit'it onv «•* thr-in. And tak* 
w.'»;r.iii" bv tljcm vcnsd", never To wriic ac wora 
o" :*■■?! :y. :o l::tiid ye fra? livjn'."' 

•■ S::.a" iV.ir n' liint : " i-eiumcd Alec, laughing. 

** \Vo*«. I ii.'Up sac. — Ye can mak* a kirk an' 
a mill iV i)iem. cin vc like. Tliev hae lain there 
Ir.ng CTX-nch. N\io, hand yer ti»ngue. I *m 
g.i:>r. :.■ f.!) n".y pi;v again, afore I bnm out t!:e 
J ::ie. In in:;* d: ir.k mair the nichr, cause ii V 
trif- NjiMi.\:h. iinJ 1 'm gacin to read my biiik." 

S.- ♦»»;. ing. be jin^ceeded to get the tUtiiU out 
i.f J.i" ;:fe.l.y kr.ocking it on the bo!»; wlille 
A 1-: iiHik cp ihr paj<-r iL'ii lay ne.an-st. He 
: -..Tt;: i: c^'LTained a fragment of a \^icm in ilic 
?v.'»:»'-h I&ngnage: and. sear»liir.g among the 
r'>v; ..f ihr scant-red sheets, he soon got the uhole 
n:" i: r/igeiher. 

Nfi«. iJ:ho::;:>. A)er hnJ bnt lirtl^ a^qriaiTii- 
miih verse, he was able. :hr.&ks to A7i:.ic 



qooPl. 



Anderson, to CDJoy a b«l]«ul I'ery bcaftily ; nJ 
there was something in this ono irluch,'iMD- 
nting itself in his mind with the atninBe lieiiick»> 
fore him, mored him more than he ooqU» 
count for. It was called 

TIME AND TIDE. 

X* I WBH valkia* on Ibe ■^n^B^, 

I rpied Ml auld man At 
On Ml auM rock ; and aje tho vaw 

Cam wuhln* lo lU fit. 
And aye hb llpa (a««l mntterin', 
And hb t« vai dull mnd blae. 
Ai* I cam near, lie lulk*d at 
But thill waa a* liia amy : 
^* Ri>bblp anil Jvannie war twa bunnla 
An<l thoT plajrcd UM^liher upo* Ihe 
I'l* ran tiir tide *tir«wii the mime 
And partit the twa vi* an eerie romr." 

Wliat can th« anid man 

t*iuin' upoT tlie anId rock f 
Tlie tld^ rrcepfl np vP numn and crj. 

And a liiM 'maiat like a mock 
Tba wordi he mutiera maun be the ea* 

if a weary dreary naqg — 
A dtid thing floalin* In hi« brain. 
That the tide will no lat ganfE. 
«» Bobbie and Ji-annlo war twa bone it- iMima, 
And they played thtfpther upn' tlie fbore: 
I'p cam thv tiile 'twein tlie niiinc and Ihe 
And pairtit the twa wi* an eoiie roar.** 

^Vhat pairtit thi-m, auld man ? I raid ; 

Did the tide enuii' up ower atraiv? 

*T wM a braw deith for them that gaedi 

Tlieir troablea wama lang- 
Or wa« ana la'en, and the liher Uf^ 

Ane to rinff. ane to preet ? 
It *■ Mir, ridit lair, to be beiHI, 
Hut tiie tide ii at yer fecC 
** Itk>lJ<Ie and Jcannie war twa bonnie balnn^ 
Anil thrr played Ihrfrither upu' the ehore: 
I'p cnni Ilk* tide 'tween the mune and the 
And pairtit tlie twa wr an eerie roar.** 

May be, qiM)* I, *t waa Time** ^rmy wm^ 

W'hAi>« (Iri-MiOin* *f waur to bide ; 
lint l>fath v a diver, nedLin* je 

Aiieaili it-* ehukin* tide. 
And Vi- *ll liiik in ane aalther'a ee 

Triumpl-.ln' ower in«y Time. 
But never a word he annrerM 
Hut ower wr hi* drmry rhi 
*^ HuMiie and Jeannic war t wa bonide , 

And they plarfd thffritlirr npo^ the afadlns: 
I'p mm the tide *iwe n the mune and the 
Aiid p-iirtit t)i<^ twa ni* an eerie ruer." 

May be. auld man, iaid I, *t waa 

That crap ataet-n the twaf 
llirh ! that *• a droonia* avfa* 

Auo waur than ane and a*. 
He iipak nae inair. I luik*t and aa' 

Tliat the anld lip* cudna 
1 he tide un)*een io.ik him a 
lieft me to end hi* aaag : 
** Kolibir and ,Tt«nnie war trm bonnie 
And 111 y played thc|dthfr np:^ the e: 
I'p mm the lidi' 'tween the nnne and the 
And iiiik tliivi wlianr palrtin* ahall be no 




Before he had f:nished rcadingTv the refiBii 
had iRHHime so familiar to Alec, that he aiicQ»> 
scJou>ly murmured the lost, cbanjrcd as it m 
from the preceding form, olood. Mr. Coppies 
looked u]i from Gumall nneasilr, fidgeced in his 
chair. :ind said to>til\ : 

" A* nonsense ! Moonshine and rainbows! 
Ilniiil \i r tongue \ The last line '• a' wrang-" 

He then returned ^ ith a determined air to the 
c-»::>iili ration of his **niristian Armour,^ white 
Alec, in whom tlte minor tone of the pcxnn bad 
pn.itU- deepened tlic interest he felt in the 
urirer. g:ized at liim in a bewilderment like that 
one k-cls «hcn hi> eves refuse to take thrir 
prii]i.r rtlntion iC' the jK^rspectire licfure them. 
Ii;- ON 11 no: pet :liose vcpks and Mr. Capplct 
ir.Tu l..-;rni>;nv. Nut dining to make anr ob- 



ALIX FORBES OF I10%VGLEN. 



69 



aervAtioa, however, he sat n ith the lost leaf still 
iR his hand, nntl u reverential stare u(x>n his 
face, which at Ienf;th produced a remarkable 
effect apon the ohject of it. Suddenly lifting 
his eyes — 

"What are yo glowerin' nt mc fi)r?'* he ex- 
cliiimod, flinging his book from liim, which, 
Tnissing the tai)lo, fell on the fltior on the farther 
*ib of it. "I*m ncitiicr gluiist ni)r warlock. 
Damn ye ! gang oot, gin ye bs gann to stick nic 
^roQ and throu wi'yer ecn, that gait." 



Askinpr him another day M-hat sort of poet 
Shelley was, Alec received the answer : 

"A bonny cratur, wi* mair tiiochrs nor there 
was room for i* the bit heid o' 'm. Consequent- 
ly ho gocd staiggerin* aboot as gin he had been 
tied to the tail o' an invcesible balloon. Unco 
licht heidit, but no mucklo hairm in him by 
natur*." 

He never would remain in the library after the 

day began to ebb. The moment he became 

I aware that the first filmv shadow had fallen 



"I beg yoar pardon, Mr. Cupples. I didn't ; from the coming twilight, ho caught up his hat, 



locked the door, gave the ke^ to the sacrist, and 
hurried away. 

The friendly relation between the two struck 
its roots deeper and deefK^r during the session, 
and Alec bade him good-bye with regret. 

Mr. Cnpf)leH was a battled poet trying to 1)3 a 
humorist — baffled — not by the booksellers or tlie 
public — for such baffling one need not have a 
profound sympathy — but baffled by his own 
weakness, his incapacity for assimilating sorrow, 
his inability to find or invent a theory of the uni- 
verse which should show it still beautiful despite 
of poifsing pain, of checked aspiration, of tlie 
rutlilcHS storms that lay waste the Edcns of men, 
and dissolve the high triumph of their rainbows. 



iQ^n to be rude," said Alec humbly. 

*' Weel, cat ycr stick. I hac encuch o* ye for 
^ nicht I eanna stan* glowerin' ecu, especially 
i'tho beidi o* idiots o* innocence like vou.*' 

1 am sorry to have to record what Alec Icam- 

^ from the landlady afU*rward, that Mr. Cuf>- 

pfes went tu bsd that night, notwithstanding it 

*<s the Sabbath, more drunk than she had ever 

^oow-n him. Indeed he could not properly bs 

<Afcl to have gone to bed at all, for he h.ad tum- 

'''ed on the counterpane in his clothes and clean 

•Wrt- collar; where she had found him fast 

y^ccp the next morning, with GurnalPs *' Chris- 

^n Armoar** terriblv cnimpled under him. 

' • But," laid Alec,' •* what i« Mr. CupjiK's ?•* 
, *' * That 's a question ho cudna wcel answer ye ' He had yet to loam that through '* the heartache 
himser," was the reply. ** Ho does a heap o' I and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir 
^"*^s; writes for the lawyers whiles ; buys and to," man liecomes capable of the blessedness to 
•elia queer bulks; gies lessons in Greek nnd , which all the legends of a golden ago point, 
^^^rew — bat he disna like that — he canna bide to ' Not finding, when he most needed it, such a tlie- 
^ ^ontred, and laddies is gey contresome ; hclfM ory even in the New Testament — for he had been 
<*"y l>ody that wants help Tthe way o* figures — diligently taught to read it awr)' — Mr. Cupjjles 
]»hii.n their bulks gang wrang, ye ken, for figures took to jesting and toddy; but, haunting the 
it Some ill for jam mlin*. lie *s n kin* oMibra- 
"■•^fc at ycr ain college i' the noo, Mr. Forbes. 

T^Q aold man 's deid, and Mr. Cupples is jist ._„ , , 

^****thc wark. They winna gie him the place Alec couhl fco, his dignity had succeeded in con- 
*~*c«a8e he has an ill name for drink — but soling itself for the humiliation it had undergone, 
^^y 11 get as muckle wnrk oot o' him as gin by an aiisolute and eternal renunciation of all 
^^y did, and for half the siller. The bfKly knowledge of Alec Forbes's existence. 
'^^^'XJi At ony thing wecl cnftuch a' day, but the 
viitQio he comes hame, oot comes the t.ippit 
^^9 and be jist sits doon nnd drinks till he turns 
***« Marl npo' the tap o* 'm.** 

l-'lie next day, abont noon, Alec went into the 
Wirmiy, where he found Mr. Cupples busy re- Winter had begun to withdraw his ghostly 
arra^ngiDg the books and the catalogue, both of i troojw. and Glnmerton began to grow warintjr. 



dooi-s of Humor, never got farther than the 
lobby. 

With regard to Patrick Bcauchamp, as far as 



CHAPTER XL. 



wUieh hwi been neglected for years. This was ' Not half so many cold feet dangled from the co/l 
^^ lint of many visits to the librarv, or rather 
to the librarian. 

'Pliere was a certain mazy sobriety of demeanor 
aboMtMr. Cupples all day long, as if in the ]ires- 
^**^3o of sBch Bcrioas things as books he was 
**<*uiid to be upon his good bihavior, and con- 
fine his dissipation to taking snuff in prodigious 
<l<uiiitities. He was full of information abont 

^'^'obi and had, besides, opinions concerning 

them, which were alwajrs ready to assume quaint 

And decided expression. For instance : one 

fJ*nioon, Abe having taken up ** Tristram 

Shaady** and asked him what kind of a book it 

^^*^ the po-librarian snatched it from his hands 

•■^ pat It on the shelf again, answering : 

. "A pailaee o' dirt and impidence and speer- 



itnal stink. The clever decvil had his entrails 



legs of little children in the torturing churchcH;' 
not half so many coughs tore the chests of tiie 
poor old men and women as they stooped ovi^r 
their little fires, with the blasts from door and 
window-sill in their ankles and the backs of their 
necks. Annie, who had been very liap(»y nil 
the time, began to be aware of something more 
at hand. A flutter scarcely recognizable, as of 
the wings of awaking delight, would stir her lit- 
tle heart with a sensation of physical presence 
and motion ; she would find herself giving an 
involuntary skip as she walked along, and n:>w 
and then humming a bit of a psalm tune. A hid- 
den well was throbbing in the child's bosom. Its 
waters had been frozen by the winter; and the 
spring, which sets all things springing, had made 
it flow and swell afresh, soon to break bubbling 



",•»!» breeat and his hert in his belly, and re- forth. But horjoy was gentle, for even when she 
^■Wet neither God nor his ain mithcr. His was merriest, it was in a sober, douce, and maid- 
^chter'g no like the cracklin' o* thorns unner only fjisliion, testifying that she had already walk- 
•pot, bat like the nichcrin' o' a dcil aliiu* the | ed with Sorrow, and was not afraid of her. 
*>inKot. Lftt him sit and rot there I" t liub^rt Brucc's lust litratcgical move against the 



( 



70 ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEX. 

cominuniiy hud been tolerably liucccMful, even in I When school wns cn'er, liowercr, he caM^ 
!ii» uwn eyes; and he was cuii8i'4ucnily so fnr to her in the laiic, and addrcHned her kindly, 
sutii^fied with himself, that he could afford to be But tlie delieuie little maiden felt, ai theni^ 
in iMod humor with other |>eo]>lc. Annie came btonc-niason had felt, that a change had ymii 
ill for a share of this humor; and although she ovi-r the old companion and friend. Trw^ife 
knew him too well to have any regard for him, change was only a breath — a mere shadow. Ts 
ir was yet a comfort to her to lie on such terms with it was a measureless gulf between them. Aioii 
hiiu us not to have to dread a bitter word every ' went to iier garret that night with a senttoffd 
liino slic chanced to meet him. Tliis comfort, priruiion. 

h<.ivever, stood on n Kandy foundation; for the But her pain sprung from a source hardlji 
fact that an expected customer had not called deep as that of the stone-mason. ITortbeehuy 
ii;.'on the Saturday might be enou^li to set the she found in Alec was chiefly of an external kiod, 
ncetouH fermentation at work all the Sunday in and if fthu hud a vague feeling of a decpc 
the bosom of Itf>bcrt Bruce. change, it had Kcarcely yet come up into her c» 

At length, one bright day in the end of March, sciousness. When she sa wthe yotmg ptatkm^ 
Al.-e came home, not the worse to friendly eyes iier heart sunk within her. Her friend wasloS: 
fur having been at college. He seemed the same and a sha|)c was going abouty as he did, loQln( 
elieery, active youth as before. The chief differ- awfully like the old Alec, who had carried bcrit 
ences apiiarent were, that he had grown consider- . his arms through the invading torrent, ^or ws 
ably, and that he wore a coat. Tiie hat, at that ' there wanting, to complete tlie bewildermeot a( 
time a necessary portion of the college costume, ' her feeling, a certain additional reverence forik 
he had discarded, wearing his old cap in pref- apparition, which she must after all regaid m 
crenee. There was likewise a certain indescrib- [ farther development of the same person. 
able alteration in tone and manner, a certain Mrs. Forbes never asked her to thehonscBov. 
general crystallization and {xilish, which the same and it was well for her that her friendship lii 
friends regarded as an iiidiibicable improvement. Tibbie Dystcr had begun. Bui as she saw Akr 

The day after his arrival, crosAing the Mjuare day after day at school, the old colors began ft 
of Glamerton, he spied, in a group of men talk- revive out of the faded picture — fur to her itni 
ing together, his old friend, Thomas (.-ran n. He a faded picture, although new Tarnished. And 
went up and shook hands with him, and with An- • when the sjiring liad advanced a little, the bos: 
drew Constable, the clothier. | wos got our, and then Alec could not go rowiif 

"Has na he grown a lung chicld ?" said An- in the Uonnie Annie without thinking of its god- 
drew to Thomas, regarding Alec kindly. ! mother, and inviting her to join them. Inilced 

** Humph!" returned ThomiLs *Mie '11 jist need Curlv would not have let him forget her if be 
the langer coffin." j had Ix-'en ho inclined; for he felt that she wasi 

Alec laughed; but Andrew said, '*Hoot! i lx>nd betwe<'n him and Alec, and he Im-ed Alec 
hoot !** I the more devotedly that the rift lictuccu their w- 

ThomasandAlec walked away together. But cial po>i!iuns had begun to show it«clf. Tbed^ 
scarcely a sentence had been exclianged befoiv votion of the sch(x>l-boy to hisKU|.'erior in fchool* 
the stone-mason, with a delicacy of jKircoption of . boy arts had Ix'gun to change into something like 
which his rough manner and horny hands gave the devotion of the cian>ninn to his chief — nottiiC 
no indication, felt that a film of separation had j worst folly the world has known — in fact nois 
come b(;twecn the youth and himself. Anxious . fully at all, exi*ept it stop there : many cnthosi- 



to break through it, he said abruptly — 

*' Hoo *s yer immortal pairt, Alec ? Min' ye, 
there *s a knowledge that worketh dcith." 

Alec laughed — not scornfully — but he laugh- 
ed. 

" Ye may lauch. Alec, but it 's a sair trowth," 
saitl the mason. 

Alec held out his hand, for here their way di- j 



asms are follies only l>ecausc they are not grett- 
cr enthusiasms. And not unfrequently wo^d sa 
odd laugh of consciousness between Annie and 
Curly, uncxi)ectedly meetings reveal the fact 
that they were both watching fur a peep or a 
word of Alec. 

In due time the harvest cnme ; and Annie 
could no more keep from haunting the harrcti 



verged. Thomas shook it kindly, but walked , than the crane could keep from flying houth wlica 
au ay gloomy. Arrived at home, he shut to his j the summer is over. She watched all the ficU» 
dcN)!', and went down on his knees by his bedbide. j around Glamerton ; she knew what rpsponitc each 
When Jean came with his supper, she found the ' made to the sun, and which wonld first beri)«f(iT 
doiir fast. j the reajdng ; and the ver}- day that the rickle was 

In order to prepare for the mathematical stud- | put in, there was Annie to see and share in ihejoj. 
ics of the following year. Alec went to the school j How mysterious she thought those long coloo- 
again in the morning of most davs, Mr. Malistm , nades of slender pillars, each sapporting its own 
being well able to render him all the assistance . waving comet-head of barky! Or when tlieiUD 
he retiuired. The first time he made his appear- \ was high, she would lie down on the ground, and 
ance at the door, a silence as of death was the ; look far into the little forest of yellow polished 
sign of his welcome ; but a tumult presently j ont-stems, stretching away and away into the an- 
arose, and discipline was for a time suspended, seen — alas, so soon to fall, and lea\*e a naked com- 
I am afraid ho hod a slight feeling of condescen- | monplace behind I If she were only small enough 
sion, as ho returned the kind greeting of his old j to go wandering about in it, what tvondcrs might 
comiKinions. — liHhac a house-maid to bo a cook, , she not discover I But I forget that I am telling 
and sho will condescend to the new house- . a story, and not writing a fairy tale. UnqueatioB- 
maid. I ed as uninvited, she was, as sho had often been 

Annio sat still, staring at her book, an<i turn- before, one of the company of reapers, gatheran, 
ing red and pale alternately, hut he ttNik no no- binders, and t^tookers. assembled to collect the lir- 
ticc of her, and she tried to be glad of it. ing gold of the earth from thu early fields of the 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWULES. 



ai 



fkrm of llowglcn. 5aill7 her thoughts went back 
la Ills ulil duyt whoti Duwic wu niutcr uf ihe 
Held, unit thi: has Dowie'd lillJu mutruas. Noi 
t slis lni:l vfuh any lliiug bol kindmaui — only 
rns not tliB kindneiu slie hod liad from Dowic. 
But the |j]ounrs of beinn onco more near Alec 
•Imiwi mailo up for every loss. And lie vria quite 
frieadly, >l(]ioDBh, ihs must vonfeai, not quite >o 
fkmiliitr u of old. Bat tbat did nut matter, ilie 
■aaurcd hcriolf. 

Tlie Inborera nil knew hcr,nnd (licmsetreii took 
care that ibe sliould haie tlie jwrtion of tlieir 
food which her uaiDliuiee had well earned, and 
which was all facr wages. Slie never refused ally 
thing that was offered lier, except money. That 
■he lioil taken only onco in licr life — from Mr. 
Conie, whom iho continued to love the more 
ilearly fur it, aUhoogli tha no longur attended 
Ilia clmrch. 

Dut again tite harvoU waii sufuly lodi;ed, and 
ilta uid old aga of (ho year snnk through niini, 
and fmiu tu his grave. The winter camo and 
Alec went 

lie had not bsen gons a week when Mrs. 
' Forbes'a inrilntions rccummtneed ; nnd ns if lo 
make up fur Iho neglect of tho auranior, they 
rere more frequent than before. No rime was 
happy for Annie ai the lime she ipcnt with 
her. She never dreamed of nccosins her of 
Beklenou or unevenncss. but received whatever 
ki'idness sho offered with gratitude. And, this 
winter, she liefntn to make some rctarn lu the 
iray of household a«atance. 

iiae day, while searching in iho tumber-room 
for something for Mrs. Forbes, she camo upon a 
lillle liook lying behind a bcut. It was damp 
and swollen and mouldy, and the binding wus 
decayed nnd broken. Tho inside wni dingy and 
•potted with brown spots, and hadtoomany_/''8in 
it, Rs she thau];hl. Yet the flnt glance fiiwinn- 
l^dhsr. It hod opened in the middle of 1,'Allc- 
ffro. Mrs. Forbes found her standing •poll-bound, 
reading the rhymed poemi of iho man whine 
blank-verse, two years before, sliu hnil declined 
M nut what poetry ought to be. I hnre often 
■eon a child refuse hii food, and afUgr boinf; com- 
pelled to enl one moalhful, gladly dovnur llie 
whole. In like manner Annie, having once (lul- 
ed Milioa's poetry, did not let it go till she hod 
devoured STon the 'Tanulue hmt," of which, 
when she could not make sense, ilia at least mode 
niualc — iho chords of old John Hilton's organ 
■oundinc through his son's poetry In the bn ' 
I of a I ittlo Srotch lassie who never heard nn i 
grji in her life. 



CnAPTER XLI. 
"IIiij.a, bnntnm I" exclaimed Mr. Cupplos, 
10 Alec entering hii garret within on hour of hit 
arrival in his old quanera, and finding the soul 
of tlio librarian itill hovering in the stcnm of 
hi* lUDiblor, Ilka one of Swedenboru'i daomcd 
over the odor of his peculiar hell. As he s[<nke 
he emptied Ihc gls*^ the euilom ofdrinking from 
which, in«tead of from tha lumUor Itself— ren- 
dering it impossible to got drunk all at once — it 
one of the alonemonu offered by (he Kcoieh lo 
their tnlelnr God— Proprioly, '■("•mio nwa'. 
«•» 'id ibera far, h gin ja wania at 




hnmoT" ho oddod, seeing that Alec lingered 01 
ihc threshold. ** Hit doou. I'm nae a'thegilher 

'■ nave you been to the country, Mr. Cop- 
pies?" asked Alec, as ho look a chair. 

"Theconotrjl No, Ihucnabecni' thecoun 
try. I 'm a tooo-inail. The country 's for ealre 
and gecoe. It's owcr in'ocn for mo. I like the 
gray atancs— wcel biggit, la hand oai the cauld. 
1 jitt reverBo tlio iniingon o' the ould duke in Mr. 
Shackspero — for this my life 

■ Find ITW tn loQgim, lu raanlai lirooki In bml 

nnd I canna gnng on cny fnnlior vi' 'I. Tlio 
last 'a true ony gait. I winna gia ye ony toddy 
ihoujih." 

"I dinna want nnne." 

" That's richt. Keep 10 thni ncgnlion ns 1 
uuchor o' the ooul, cure nnd steadfast. There % 
no boddom lo the sea re '11 gung doun in gin ye 
cut the cable that hundv ye to that anchor. 
Hero's loyel" 

And again Mr. Cuiiplos emptied hia gloss. 

" Hoo ai« ye prepared furyer mnthcmatiei?" 
he resumed. 

" Midiilin' only," answered Alec. 

" I was doobtin' that. Smn' preparation ilocs 
weel encuch for Profesior Frascr's Greek; bnt 
ro '11 An' it'sanUhor story wi' the mothemalicB. 
Vu nutun jial come lu mo wi' ihcm lU yo did wi' 
tlie Greek." 

"Thnnk yon, Hr. Cupplc," said Alec heart- 
ily. ■' 1 don't know how 10 repay you." 

"Re|>ny me I I ivont nne rcpaymenl. Only 
■pier na« queslons at me, and gang awa whan 

After all his summer preparation, Alec wns 
•till behind in malhcmaticB; for while, witli a 
distinct object in view, he was capiblo of much 
— without one, reading wai a weariness to him. 
His medical studies, combining, as they did, in 
their anatomical branch, much to be learned hy 
the eye and ibe hand with what was to be learned 
from boolis, intcieated him more and more. 

One nflemoon, inlenl upon a cenain course of 
investigation, be remained in Ihc dinecling-room 
after the oilier sludcnD bad gone, and worked 
away till It grew dark. lie ihen lighted a can- 
dle, and worked on. The truth was unfolding it- 
self gently and willlnglr. At last, feeling tired, 
ho laid down his scalpel, dropped upon a wooden 
chnir, and, eoldniitwns, fcllfastasleep. When 
he awoke, tbe candle was baiAJin; in iu socket, at- 
tomaioly lighting an<l shadowing the dead man 
on tho table. Strange glooms were i^Ihenng 
about the boillea on the shelve*, and especially 
aboulono comer of ihoroom, where — but I must 
not porticuloriio too much. It must bo rpmen- 
hered that ho had awaked suddenly, in a straniie 
[dace, and with a fitful linhi, He oonfcHed to 
Mr. Cnpples that he had fella lilll« uncomfortable 
—not frightened, but wri*. lie waajnst goins 
10 rise and go home, when, Mhestrotchodoulhia 
hand for his scalpel, tho candle sunk in dnrkneos, 
and hn lost the gnidlng glitter of ll>e knifn. Ai 
the same moment, he caught ■ doubtful gloom of 
two eyes looking in at him from one of tho win- 
dows. That moment the pUcc beeamo Inonp- 
portablowitb horror. The vague sense of anttn- 
dcllnod presence turned the school of science inio 
a chnmcl-home. Hf i-iartod np, hurriml IVom 
llie room, fediug as if his fcvl took no bold cf 



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72 



ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



the floor, and hi* Lack was fearfully exposed, 
lockea i\ue Uoor, thix'vir the key upon the porter's 
ubie. au.l dcd. He did not recover Lu equa- 
nmiiir till he found himself in the long narrow 
«:r^:t that led to hi» lod^^ing:), li^^htcd from many 
li:cle 4hop windows in stone K&blc and front. 

By the time he had liad his tea, and learned a 
Lo'.^ pnifjosition of Euclid, the fright. s(temed to 
lie far behind him. It was not 8o far as he 
iiio'.i;;ht, however, for he started to his feet when 
a sudden gurit of wind shook his windows. Hut 
then it was a still frosty ni^iht, and such a gust 
wiki not to be expected. He looked out. Fur 
above sltone the stars. 

** Huw they s]>arkIo in the frost !" he sn'ul, as 
if the frost reached them. Hut thev did look like 
theesscniiul life that makes snow-tlakcs and icy 
spangles everywhere — they were so like them, 
only they wen: of tire. Even snow itsc'lf must 
have fire at the heart of it. All was still enough 
up there. 

Then he looked down into the street, full of 
the comings and goings of people, some saun- 
tering and sbiring, others hastening along. Ik'nu- 
ehnmp wns hniking in at the window of a sec- 
ond-hand book-shop op|K»sitc. 

Not being able to eomi)osc him8i.-If again to his 
atudi;:s, he resolved, as he had not called on Mr. 
Eraser for some time, and the professor hnd not 
been at the class that day, to go and in<piire after 
him now. 

Mr. Eraser lived in the quadrangle of the 
college; but in the mood Alee was in, nothing 
would do him so much g(K)d as a walk in the 
frost. Ho was sure of a welcome from the old 
man ; f4jr ahhougii Alec gave but little attention 
to Gi*eek now, Mr. Eraser was not at all dissat- 
isfied with him, knowing that he was doing his 
best to mnke himself a good doctor. His friend- 
liness toward him had increased ; for he thought 
he iFaw in him noble qualities ; and now that he 
was an old man, he delighted to have a youth 
near him with whose voutlifulness he eould come 
into harmonious contact. It is l>ccnuso the 
young cannot recognize tiie youth of the aged, 
and the old will not acknowledge the experience 
of the young, that they repel earh other. 

Alec was shown into the jiroftwsor's drawing- 
room. This was unusual. The professor was 
seated in an easy-chair, with one leg outstretched 
before him. 

** Excuse me, Mr. Forbes," he said, holding 
out his left hand without rising. '*I am laid np 
with the gout — I don't know why. The |Kjrt 
wine my grandfather drunk, 1 su]>iH)se. / never 
drink it. I *m afraid it '» old age. And yon's my 
nurse. Mr. Forbes, your cousin. Kate, my dear." 

Alee started. There, at the other side of the 
fire, sat a girl, half smiling and half blushing 
as she looked up from her work. The candles 
between them had hid her from him. He ad- 
vanced, and she rose and held out her hand. 
He was confused; she was perfectly collected, 
although the color rose a little more in her 
cheek. She might have been a year older than 
Alec. 

** So you are a cousin of mine, Mr. Forbes I" she 
said, when thoy were all seated by the blazing 
fire — she with a piece of plain work in iier linn<ls, 
lie with a very awkward nothing in his and the 
professor contemplating his swathed leg on the 
chair before him. 



*'SoyoaraneleMTa,"heaiiiwcreil, "aidla 
very happy to believe him. I hope we duDk 
good friends." 

Alee was recovoring himself. 

*" 1 hope we shall," she rexponded, with a qui 
shy, asking glance from her fine eres. 

Those eyes i»*ere worth looking into, if ooba 
a study of color. They were of many has 
marvciously blended. I Uiink gray and Unenc 
brown and green were all to be found in tka 
Their glance rather discomposed Alec. HeU 
not learned before that ladies* eres are sonwiiH 
very discomposing. Yet bo coald noi kcfpb 
from wandering toward t hem ; and die cow> 
quencc was that ho soon loat the greater peHflf 
his senses. After sitting siiecK'bleiia for somcai' 
ments, and feeling as if he had been dombfcra 
many minutes, he was seized by a horribls e» 
viction that if he remained silent nn instant loq- 
cr, he would be driven to do or say sometlriic 
al»sunl. So he did the latter at once bv bimtBV 
out with the stupid question — ^ 

'* What arc you working at ?" 

' ' A dukter, ** she answered instantly — this dv 
without looking up. 

Now the said diutter was of the finest cambrie: 
so tiiat Alec could not help seeinK that she i» 
milking game of him. Tiiis banished his sbf- 
ncss and put him on his mettle. 

*'I see," he t^aid, '*whcn I ask qoeitioM. 
you-" 

*^ Toll lies," she interposed, without giriDgliia 
time even to hesitate ; adding* — 

'* Does vour mother answer all your qn&tioai» 
Mr. ForlK's ?" 

** I Iwlieve she docs — one way or other." 

** Then it is sometimes the other way ? Isibi 
nice ?*• 

'* Who ?" returned Alec, surprised intodonbL 

"Your mother." 

'*She *H the liest woman in the world," best- 
swerod with vehemence, almost sh(»cked at haviic 
to answer such a question. 

"Oh! I beg your pardon," rc-tttrned Ksie, 
laughing ; and the laugh curled her lift, revni- 
ing very pretty teeth, with a semi-traospsiai 
])early-blue shadow in them. 

*'I am glad she is nice,*' she went on. "I 
should like to know her. Mothers arc nota£cM* 
nice. I knew a girl at school whose nocfaer 
wasn't nice at all." 

She did not laugh after this childish spredL 
but let her face settle into perfect stillnnw iil- 
ncss indeed, for a shadow came OTer the stillnos 
Mr. Fraser snt watching the two with Iiik amoK^ 
old face, one side of it twitching in the efiurt to 
suppress the smile which soufrht to break from tk 
useful half of hit( mouth. Ilis gout conM sol 
have been ver^* bad just then. 

*' I see, Katie, what that long chin of yonnii 
thinking,** he said. 

^' Wliat is my chin thinking, unele ?** she sik- 
ed. 

'* Tiiat uncles are not alwaw nice either. TlKJ 
snub little girls, sometimes, clon't they?" 

*^ I know one who is nice, all ea 
naughty leg." 

She rose, as she said this, and going loond ts 
the back of his cimir, leaned over it, and kined 
his forehead. The old man looked up to ber 
gratofnlly. 

*- Ah. Katie !" he said, "you may make gsM 



toept oM 



ALEC FORBES OF llOWGLEN. 



78 



of an old mnn like mc. But don't try ronr tricks 
un M:*. Forbes there. He won't stand them." 

Alec bluftlicd. Knto went back to her scat, 
and took op her duster again. 

Alec was a little short-si|;htcd, though he had 
never discovered it till now. When Kate leaned 
orcr her nncle's chair, near which he was sitting, 
lie saw that she was still prettier tiian he hud 
thought her before. There arc few girln who to 
a short-sighted person look prettier wiien tliey 
come closer ; the fact being that the general in- 
tent of the face, which the generalizing effoct of 
the shortness of the sight reveals, has ordinarily 
more %( beauty in it than has yet been curried 
oat in detail; so thaf| as the girl approacheti, 
one face seems to melt away, and another, less 
beantiful, to dawn up through iL 

Bat, as I have said, this was not Alec's ex])e- 
rience with Kate ; for, whatever it might indicate, 
she looked prettier when she came nearer. lie 
found too that her great mass of hair, instead of 
being, as he had thought, dull, was in reality full of 
flints and golden hints, as if she had twisted up 
a handful of sunbeams with it in the morning, 
which, before night, had faded n little, catching 
tomething of the dnskincss and shadowiness of 
their prison. Ons thing more he saw — that her 
hand — she rested it on the back of the dark chair, 
and so it had caught his eye — was small and 
while; and those were all the qualities Alec was 
ai vet capable of appreciating in a hand. Before 
ihe got back to her seat, he was very nearly in 
lore with her. I suspect that those generally 
who fall in love at first sight have been in love 
hefbre. At least snch was Romeo's case. And 
rsitainly it was not Alec's. Yet I must confess, 
if he liad talked stupidly before, he talked worse 
now; and at length went home with the convic- 
tion that he had made a great donkey of himself. 
As he walked the lonely road, an^ the street 
Mw Cut closing its windows and going to sleep, 
1m was haunted by a very diffc'rent vision from 
tluit which had accompanied him a few hours 
Uo. Then it was the dead face of a man, into 
vhieh his basy fancy had reset the living eVes 
^ he had seen looking in at the window of the 
<liawcti^g.room ; now it was the lovely face of 
Hs new-foond coasin, pojtsessing him so that he 
could fear nothing. Life had cast out death. 
l<Ofe had cast out fear. 

But love had cast out more. For he found, 

when he got home, that he could neither read nor 

(hiok. If Kate could have been conscious of its 

peniftent intrusion upon Alec's thoughts, and its 

constant interruption of his attempts at study, she 

would have been ashamed of that pretty face of 

ben, and ready to disown it for its forwardness. 

At last, he threw his book to the other end of tho 

room, and went to bed, where he fonnd it not half 

fO difficult to go to sleep as it had l>een to study. 

The next day things went better ; for he was 

not Tct so lost that a night's rest could do him nu 

p>oi. Bat it was fortunate that there w:i8 no 

Greek clofs, and that he was not called ii|) to read 

Latin that day. For the anatomy, ho was in 

ctumest abont that ; and love it«iclf, so long as its 

current ifl not troubled by opposing rm^ks will not 

distnrb thoatddiea of a real student — much. 

Afl lie left the dissecting-room, he said to iiim- 
•elf that he would jnst look in and see how Mr. 
Fnuer was. He was shown into the professor's 
Had/. 



Mr. Froser smiled as he entered, with n certain 
grim comicality which Alec's conscience inter- 
j)reted into — "This won't do, my young man." 

** I ho|»e your gout is better to-day, sir," he said, 
sending his glanee wide astray of his words. 

'* Yes, I thank you, Mr. Forbes," answered Mr. 
Froser, ** it is better. " Won't vou sit down ?" 

Warned by that smile, Alec was astute enough 
to decline, and presently took his leave. As ho 
shut the study door, however, ho thought he would 
just |>eep into the dining-room, the door of which 
BtrxKl oiicn opfiosite. There she was, sitting at 
the table, writing. 

»» Who can that letter Ikj to?" thought Alec, 
But it was early days to be jealous. 

**IIow do you do, Mr. Forbes?" said Kate, 
holding out her hand. 

Could it be that he had seen her only yesterday ? 
Or was his visual memory so fickle that he had 
forgotten what she was like ? She was so different 
from what he had been fancying her ! 

The fact was merely this — that she had been 
writing to an old friend, and her manner for the 
time, as well as her expression, was affected by 
her mental proximity to that friend ; so plastic — 
so fluent even — was her whole nature. Indeed 
Alec was not long in finding out that one of her 
witcheries was, that she was never the same. 
But on this the first occasion, the alteration in 
her l)ewildered him. 

'^ I am glad to find your nnclelietter," ho said. 

** Yes. You have seen him, then ?" 

" Yes. I was very busv in the dissecting-room, 
till—" 

lie stopped ; for he saw her shudder. 

*' I beg your pardon," he hastened to substitntc» 
** We are'so used to those things, that — '* 

** Don't say a word, more about it, please," 
she said hastily. Then, in a vague kind of way 
— "Won't you sit down?" 

** No, thank you. I must go home," answered 
Alec, finding that she did not want him. Good- 
night," he added, advancing a step. 

**Good-nighr, Mr. Forbes," she returned in 
the same vague manner, and without extending 
her hand. 

Alec checked himself, bowed, and went with 
a feeling of mortification, and the resolution not 
to repeat his visit too soon. 

She interfered with his studies notwithstand- 
ing, and sent him wandering in the streets, when 
ho ought to have lK?en reading at home. One 
bright moonlight night he found himself on the 
quay, and spying a boat at the foot of one of the 
stairs, asked tiic man in it if he was ready for a 
row. The man agreed. Alec got in, and they row- 
ed out of the river, and along the coast to a fishing 
village where the man lived, and whence Alec 
walked home. This was the beginning of many 
wich boating excursions made by Alec in the 
eloRC of this session. They greatly improved his 
boatmanshif), and strengthened his growing 
muscles. The end of the winter was mild, and 
there were not many days unfit for the exercise. 



CliAlTER XLII. 

TiiK next Saturday but one. Alec received a 
note from Mr. Frnser, hoping that his new cons- 
, in hn<l not driven him away^ and inviting Kim v^ 
i dine tUui same aSiQtiv^^xi.* 



74 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



Ho went. Afier dinner tbc old tnnn fell asleep 
in his chair. 

"Where were you bom?" Aloe a^kcd Kate. 

8hc was more like his Ant imprassion of her. 

*'Don*t }'ou know?" she replied. **In the 
north of iSutherlandsliirc — near the foot of ii 
great mountain, from the top of which, on the 
lont^cst day, you can see the sun, or a bit of him 
at least, all night long.** 

**How glorious !*' said Alec. 

'*I don't know, /never saw him. And tlie 
winters arc so long and terrible ! Nothing but 
snowy hills about you, and great clouds always 
coming down with fresh loads of snow to scatter 
over them." 

*' Then you don't want to go back ?" 

'* No. There is nothing to make me wish to 
go back. There is no one there to love me now." 

She looked rery sad for a few moments. 

** Yes," said Alec, thoughtfully ; "a winter 
without love must be dreadful. But I like the 
winter ; and we have plenty of it in our quarter 
too." 

** Where is vour home ?" 

**Not niiinv miles north of this.*' 

** Is it a nice place ?*' 

** Of course I think so." 

'*Ah! vou have a mother. I wish I knew 
her." 

**I wish yon did. True: tlu' whole place is 
like her to me. But I don't think every body 
would admiixi! it. There are jilonty of bare 
snowv hills there too in winter. But 1 think the 
summers nnd the hanesis are as delightful as 
any thing can be, except — '* 

*'Kxce|it what?" 

** Don't make me say what will make you an- 
gry with me." 

'*Now you must, else I shall fancy something 
that will make me more angry." 

** Kxcept your face, then." ^aid Alec, fright- 
ened at his own boldness, but glancing at her 
shyly. 

She (lushed a little, but did not look angry. 

** 1 don't like that," she said. ** It makes'one 
feel awkward.'' 

" At least," rejoined Alec, emboldened, " you 
must allow it is your own fault." 

** I can't help my face," she said, laughing. 

** Oh ! vou know what I mean. You made mc 
say it." 

'*Yes, after vou had half said it already. 
Don't do it again." 

And there followed more of such foolish talk, 
uninteresting to my readers. 

"Wliere were you at school?" asked Alec, 
after a pause. ** Your uncle told me you wci*e at 
school." 

*' Near London," she answered. 

**Ah! that aocoimts for your beautiful sfjccch." 

'* There ngain. I declare I will wak;; my uncle 
if you go on in that way.** 

"1 beg your pardon," protested Alec; " I for- 
got." 

**But,*' showcnt on, ** in Sutherlundshire we 
don't talk so horribly as they do here." 

■* I daresay not," rctunied Alec, humbly. 

"1 don't mean you. I wonder how it is that 
yoo speak so much better than all tho people 
here.' 

'*I suppose because my mother F|icak« well. 
She never lets me speak brood Scotch to bur*** . 



'* Your mother agAin ! She *• cwiy ttn^M 
you.** 

Alec did not reply. 

'' I sftould like to see bcr,'* punned KmSl 

*'You muBtconac and see her, then.*' 

*'Scc whom ?*' asked &Ir.irrascr, roosiagUi 
self from his nap. 

'* My mother, sir," answered Alec. 

** Oh ! I thought yoa had been speiki^ i 
Katie*s friend, *' said the professor, and fdlailBf 
again. 

'' Uncle moans Bemie Warner, who is couv 
by the steamer from London on Monday. Is^i 
ii kind of uncle to aak her to come and teen 
here?" 

**Ho is kind always. Was Miss Wtneti 
school-fellow uf yours ?" 

* ' Yes — no — not exactly. She was one of At 
governesses. I vnut go 'and meet her at ibe 
steamer. Will you go with roe P" 

**1 shall he delighted. I>o jrou knovvki 
she arrives?" 

* ' They say about six. I daresaj it is not ts< 
punctual. " 

** Oh : yes, she ie — ^whcn the weather u 4t 
cent. I will make inquiries, and come andtak 
you." 

** Thank you. I suppose I may, nnck?** 

*' What, my dear ?" said the jirLfcssor, romiBi 
himself again. 

■' Have my cousin to take cnrc of me mbnl 
go to meet Bei«ie?*' 

** Yes, certainly. I shall bo much obligrdtt 
you, Mr. Forl>cs. I am not quite so ngileiil 
was at your age, though my gouty leg u bel- 
ter." 

This conveniation would not have been irartk 
recording were it not that it led to the wslkiiri 
tho waiting on Monday. They found, vha 
they reached the region of steamers, that ihs 
had not yet been signaled, but her people weif 
expecting the signal every minute. i$o Alecni 
Kate walkcni out along the pier, to pass the !!■& 
This (lier runs down the siuo of the river, andi 
loif^ way into the sea. It had begun to grov 
dark, and Alec had to take grreat care of Kate 
among the tramways, coils of rope and caUa 
that crossed their way. At length they pit clcr 
of these, and found themselves upon the pier, 
, built of great rough stones — lonely and dexR. 
j tai>cring away into the dark, its end inrisibkb 
but indicated by the red light fur in front. 

** It is a rough senson of the year for a lady lo 
come by sea," said Alec. 

** Bessie is very fond of tho sea,** answcnJ 
Kate. **I hoiHj you will like her, Mr, Forfaes." 

'* Do you want me to like her better than yoa?' 
rejoined Alec. ** Because if yoa do—*' 

"Look how beautiful that red li|sht is on tbe 
other side of the river,*' interrupted Kate. '*An4 
tliLTf is another further out." 

" When the man at the helm f^ts those tw 
lights in a lino," said Alec, ** he may steer 
Krruight in, in the darkest night— that ia^ if tbe 
I idc serves for the bar.** 

'"■ Look how much more glorioos fh ft red «>*"• 
is on the water below !** said Kate. 

'*It looks fio wetr* retomed Alee, "jtft 
like blood." ^^ 

He almoat caned himadf as he mdA io» Ibr bi 
fell Kata's hand atir as If she wiwld witMmw b 



ALEC FOHBES OF IIOWGLIiN. 



.ibr B moiDGnt, it letitcd tgain upon iu perch, 
_an(l lUenj rested. 

The <]aj tinil been quile calm, liiiC DOW ■ toil- 
iden giutof winil fium [lia nonheut swept acroM 
tbe pier Biiil tnaile Kaicihivsr. Alec lircvr her 
■■liBWt clocer about lier, and her arm fortbortvitb' 
.'In hii. The; wen now close to Ihe sea. On ilie 
oibcr lidd uf the wail which ro*e on iheic lefr, 
Ihcj coulil hear the firat of lbs «ca wavea. It 
was ■ ilrcar}' place — no Bound oven indlcalini; 
rIio iici(|lit>urliood oflite. Od oae eitle tlia river 
ilnluw them wenc lluvving oui to the aca in the 
^nrk, Bt'ing a cold, slugBisb gleam now and then, 
^1 ir it were a buEC inBlio hearing np a bund or 
iu wet back, as it hurried awajr to join in fbllowa ; 
n tha other lido rcie a gi«at wall uT atone, be- 
fvoiid which wa* the sound oflonc wavci Tullow- 
•-g in lroo]ia out of [ha dark, awl filing iipun a 
w moaning coast. Clouds hung nbave the iicti ; 
Wid nbovo the clouds two or three discanaoliitu 



lie™ »a >iair," snid Alee. "Lst nt go up 
iho lop of the sen-wnll. mid then we shnll 
ch tliB first glimpse of tlio light at her fui;- 



greal stones clain|)ed with iron, and built into 
nalui'ul fuundution of rock. Up the alupe tl 
imvM rushed, and down tlio slope they sui 
aiiiiin, tvilh that seemingly aimleu and result- 
le^ rite and fall, which nukes the tea so dreary 
and sad lo tlloso men and women wht 
satisfied without sumo goal in view, s 
come of their labors; for it goes on an 
swcring CTcr Id tlie call of sun and n 
the fiarco trumpet of the winda, jct working 
nniliing but the hi^lcss woitr of tlic bukoin ii 
which It lies boand forever. 

Tlic; stood looking out into the great dark bo< 
fore tlicm, dork air, dark sea, dark sky, tralching 
the one light wliich gn^ In-ighler ns Ihej gated. 
Neither of them saw that a dusky Ilgnro vos 
walchiiig them froto behind n great cylindrical 
slono tiiitt stood on the ond of the pier, close Iu 
tliQ wall. 

A WBTO rushed up almost to iheir feet, 
go,"aBid KnU 






The 11 



enllin 



icl." 

Tliey climbed the steep mggod steps, and stooil 
in the broad wall, hearing llic sca-pulsea Iniily 
'all at its fool. The wave crept nwny after i't 
■fell, and returned to fall again like n wcnry 
md. There whs hardly any life in the k-k. 
How mournful it was to lie out them, the wintry 
night, bancath nn all but starlets heaven, with 
■he wind vexing it when it waiiiod to sleep! 

Alec feeling Kate draw a deep breath like tho 
righ of the sea, looked round in her face. There 
iiill light enough to show it frowninn nnd 
dark and sorrowful and hni)«l(>Hi. 1: was in fact 
a spiritual mirror, whii-li rrlliTlcd in human 
Torms the look of ilint wi^ary nti>iu i>f waters. 
fibegsve a little start, gubcml liereclfiogothDr, 
d murmnred something about the gold. 
" Let us go down ngaip," said Alee. " The 
irind has risen considerablj, and the wall will 
•halter us down below." 

" No, no," sha answered ; " I like i'. ^V>.' 
in walk bore just as well. 1 don't mind il< ' 
ind." 

'■I thought yon were afraid of fnlling (iff.- 
" Nu, not in tho dork. I should be, I dure- 
.•ay, if I eould see bow far we ire ttota the bot- 

So llioT walked on. The wares no loncer fell 
It ilm f.Hit of the wall, hut leaned their breasts 
■guin^l It, gleaming ns tiny ruse on its front, 
mil darkening ns they anok low toward ita doep 

The wind kepi coming in gnsta, tearing a 
white gleam now and then on the dark surface 
of iha sea. Behind them shone the dim lights 
10 eity ; before them all was dark ns etemi- 
l,^', oxecpl for the one light at the end of the pier. 
At Utnicth Alee spied another 



I lent 



nnd threatening mo. There t tlow that wart 
rurhed up as If it wanted me at onccl'' 

Alec again drew her closer to him, and lurn- 
iug, ihey walked t'towlr bnctt. Ho wi 
with tha delight ofhnving that lovely creature 
all to himself, leaning nn his arm. In the cnfolil- 
ing and protecting darkness, nnd Kate was like- 

Ily the tiino they reached Iho quay nt tho 
other end of the jiter, ihe steamer had crossed 
ihe bar, and Ihey cuuld hear the ihui of Iter pml' 
dies treading the water beneath them, as if ea- 
gerly because she was near her rest. After a 
few stmggtes, she lav quiol iu her jilaee, nnd 

Alec saw Kale embroro n girl perlinps n liiilo 
older than herself, hel|>cd her to find her lug- 
gage, put them inln a chaise, look his Icani, and 

lie did not know that all ihe way bock along 
ihc pier they had been foUowDd by Patiiek 

Bjnnclmmp. 



CIIAITER XLIll. 



Ksi-tti 
Alec ran 









his H 



■■lb 



" he I 



Is a good way off. We shall have 

5 of time to walk to the end — that is, ifvou 
like to go." 
" Certainly 1 1st us go on. t want to stand 
.00 tho vary point," enaworod Kate. 

They soon came in the light-house on the wall, 
lAiid there descvtwli-d (o the lower |Hin uf the 
l«r, llu and of whii'h now plungeil witli a su-vp 
it lau the s«». Jt was cuusUnuliMl uf 




Mr. Cujiples, whom he had 

not seen tor some diiys. lie fonud him nol 

more llinn halfway lunard hi* diurnal goal. 
"What's coma o'jwa, Imnlnm, tilts mimy * 

day ?" said Mr. Cupphw. 

" I saw ye last Saiurilay," siiid Alee. 
"Lost ISettcrday week, ye mcnn," rejoined 

ihc librarian. " Iloo *> tho mathemalica coniiu' 

on?" 

"To'leil (ho truth, I 'm niithcr ahin' wi' 

I hem," answered Alee. 
■'I wosthinkin' asmnckte. Itainbows! Thao 

rainbow I And the anawtomy ?" 
"Nao jist sun'iti' "lilla'theghlicr." 
"That's wool. Yu haeiia been fu'iii' asleep 

again ower the guddlel carcass o' an auld pauper 

— haeyof- 
Alec stared. He hod never told any one of 

his adventure in the dissecting-room. 

" 1 saw yo, my man. But 1 wasna Ihe ualr 

nne llial saw ye. Ye michi hae gotirn a waur 

llcg, gin I lin-lnn comp "is fiir Mr. Iloauchsm|i 

was lukiu' thu Uiarius u' jo thruu the winduw, 



7G 



ALEC FORUE:i OF HOWGLES. 



and wli.in I giied ap, ho slipjiit awn' like a 
wruitli. Tliero yc Ihv, ni' ycr lieid buck, und 
ver muu' open, lu f;in yon and tlic duid man lind 
iiecn tryin' whilk wid sleep ihe soun'csi. Dut 
yohacta'enlo itiicr sludius Nin'ayno. Vc liu; 
a fVcsh subjec — s bonnie yonnt; >nc. The Lord 
hae incrc; npo' ye ! The guddesa o' the miobow 
hot«l 'i gfMca a baud o' ye, and yo '11 be Keein' 
noclliing bnt rainbom for yean lo come. Ida 
bigfl boiinio brigit, but lliay line nowtlicr )>ior. 
nor bottrcsi, nor keyitane, nor pnrapet. And 
no fiE can gnng oner them, bnt her ain, und 
vrhan the steps afC, it 'i upo' men's herrs, nnd 
youn can ill bide bcr tit, licbt ai it may br." 

"What arc ye prophcseein' ol, Mr. t'lipplcs?" 
lud Alec, nbo did not iDorc than half uiidof' 
■land bim. 

"Verrit wccl. I'm no drunk yet," rejoined 
Mr. Cnpples,' oracularly. "Hut that cbiuld 
Bcancham]) 'a no rainbow — tlmt lat mo tell ye. 
He '11 do you e, jniiehecf yet, gin ye Jinnn liiiic 
a' tbo tliairpcT. I ken the breed o' him. ilc 
waa luikin' at ye llirou ths vcindow like n hungrr 
deevil. And jist min* wbat yo 're uboot wi' the 
loffiic — »ba 's rocl lunnic — or ye may elianco to 
get her into imiiblo, vilboot ony wylo (fnall') o' 
yer ain. tliii' I 'm tciiin' ye. Uin yo 'If tak* my 
advice, yc 'II tak' a dose •>' matbeniMka dimckly. 
It 'a a fine alterutire as wecl oi amidole, 
tltongli mar be whuiiky'a .... tiio rerra bruu 
a' the deevll's ain pot," lie concliidud, nlleriiiR 
hi" (one entirely, and iiralluirinB llie rest of liis 
elom at a gi'lp- 

" What do yon want me tn do?" aakcd Ahn. 

"To ink' rant (aire) o' Biiandiamp. And 
meantime to rin duon for ycr pjuclid and yer 
llulton, und lat '» nee whiiiir yu are." 

Tlicro Iran more ground fur Mr. Cupplea'a 
warninK tlian Alue had tite imallcM idea of. 
He liad concluded ]<mg u^o tliat nil jiosaible 



[iTc anflfercd lesifrom it. But ho waa no oo«- 
■d, ihiiugh not quite co caurageoai a« Hector, 
ho yet lamed and fled before Achilla. Wiih- 
it llie upholding icnsc of duly, no man can bo 
iro of hii own behavior, simply bccauu lie can 
3t be aura of bis oivn Iitn-CB. Duly kept llie 
id-cross knight " forlorn e and left to lone," 
hnplrsse and eke hojielfiiic,'' 



rrj-j-i 



nnllT at 



»rde. 



IntionM, ci'cn tlinae uf enmity — practical enmity 
at leuiE — were over between them, and that Mr. 
Beaueliamp conaldered tlie brjan sufllcienily 
puniahcd fur throaliing Iiim, by being deprived 
of hit condescending notice fur ibc rest of tbo 
ogea. Bat so far was tliis from 1ieiii)C llic truo 
atate of tbc ease, that, althougli Alec never aua- 
pcclsd it, Bennchamp had in fact bmn dogging 
and haunting him from the rer? commencement 
of the HHsiun, and .Mr. Cupples had cnught him 
in <mly one of many nets of the kind. In the 
iiomical eiam, where they continued to meet, 
he atill altempted to keep up the old look of 
disdain, u it tlio tewon ha had received Imd in 
nn way oltcroJ their ruUlive [losilion. Ilnd 
Aloe known nilh whnt difficulty, and under 
what « kmi of (filing recollopiion, ho kei 
nfi, ha wtrnU hKr^i hwn hiMtnily 
BfMUehanip'ii Wlinja ifinu-inuancxi wait poiaoned 
t; Iha nwini;-7 "f rl-at dny. Incapable of re- 
gnniinit any ' - iTf i In comparaiiire relation 
M liiniuji ,. „( l,i« life bad been to 

niiiltiur 111' «ii|ieTinrily wtlh which 

hi; .1 ;L.i|ii!iintan«i; fi)r ocen- 

»iw i-.i o'li indiTidnalitr wimhl 

fcf' _. iiiii, .li-uilafactlon i'n whirh 

,'iiiiiaqIi', I'umpeHJne him Cn fuel 
.mil miuhi hare i'Inlinj>. Aiiit 

•■ntini 111* asit>h>^l 




from turning hit back on the giant Orgoglio, and 
sent lum pacing toward him with feeUc alcpi 
instead. But'alibough he iraa not wanting in 
' niere animal courage, Itcauchamp'a pride nlwnyi 
jircvcnlcd him from cn^nging in any contcat in 
wliich he tra* not aure ofauccefa, ihe' thought of 
, fiiilurc being to him uDCuduraiilc. When ha 
found thai he had miacalculalcd ilio probabili- 
licH, he HUB inxtontly dismayed ; and tbc blow 
he received on his mouth rc'tninding bis vanity 
I of the danger his bandsumc face wna in, be 
' dropped Ilia arma and declined fiirtlier oimteat, 
' niluning bimselfniib the fancy of postponing 
t vengeance to a better opportunity. 
lint within an hour he knew that he had lost 
; his chimee, as certainly oa he who omili the 
Hood-tide of Ilia fortune. He iU)t onlv saw that 
ho was disgraced, hut felt in himself thai he had 
■ been cowardly ; and. more mortif^'ing (till, fell 
j that, witli leajicct tn ilic clod-bi^ipcr, he wiw 
cowardly now. He iins afrnid of him. Kor 
Icoutd ho take refuge in ilie old saliafaciion uf 
: dcKpiaiug him ; fur liini he found no lonjK'r pos- 
j aible. He waa on the contrary compelled to 
I deiipise liimwlf, an experience altogether new ; 
; H» that hill contempt for Ah;G changed into a 
fierce, slow -burning hale. 

Kow hate kccpa its object present even more 
than the op|>osita pasaion. Love makea every 
thing lovely ; liuic conccnirales itself im tlie one 
thing haled. Ttic vciy aound of Alec's voice 
became lo Iha enra of Bennchamp what a lillhj 
potion vontd have been lo his palate. Kvciy 
line of his nuintenanco l>ccanie to bit ryes what 
a disgusting iilur would have bem to hit nos- 
trils. And let the fascination of his hate nnd 
his desire of revenge kept Beauchamp'a eats, 
eyes, and ihoughtx hovering about Forbes. 

No way of gmiifying his hatred, however, al- 
though he had been brooding over it alt the pre- 
vious aiimmer, had prcacnled iuelf till now. 
Now he mw iha pimiibilily uf working a deur 
revenge. But even now, to work surely, he must 
delay bnig. Still the present consolation was 

Ni>r is it wonderful that his pride rhould nut 

Erotect liini from ihc deeper disgrace of walking 
t underground wayn. For there is nolliing in 
the worsbip of self to teach a man to be noble. 
Honor even will one day fail bim who haa Iciim- 
ed no higher principle- And ahhough revenge lie 
"a kind of wild jn!Hice,"it loses thejaatjce and 
retains only the witdncsa when it cormpta into 
hatred. F.vcry feeling that Beauehnmp had wns 
■wnllowed up in the gulf eaten away by iliat 
" ■" canker-worms. 

uiiidini: the humiliation he had ex- 
)n'iii'iiei'd. ho rotnineil as yet an unlimited con- 
<l>!i'ii>'u ill tome gifla which he suppoacd himaelf 
111 ixMncin by nature, nnd lo bo capable of using 
with nnci|iiiil«d nrt. And trun haK^ ai well ai 
knows huiv to waiL 



ALEC FOBBES OF UOWGLEX. 77 

PHAPTER XLIV ■ "^t*^ be I *I1 unnenitan' *i better nor yoa, 

- ,^^ "Kcadawa\" 

Iir the course of bcr study of Milton, Annie iSo admonished, Annie read. Tibbie tid^ted 
had come upon Samson's Umentaiion over his about on her seat. It was impossible cither 
blindness; and had found, soon after, the pas- should understand it. And the proper names 
sage in which Milton, in his own person, bewails were a great puzzle to them, 
the loss of light. The thou|;ht that she would '' Tarn mvKi^is:" said Tibbie; *'Ikcnnaething 
read them to Tibbie Dyster was a natural one. about ftiw/' 

She borrowed the Tolumes from Mrs. Forbes; '*Nti. nciiher do I," said Annie : and bepn- 
tnd, the next ercning, made her way to Tibbie's niii;; tiic line again, she blundered over ** blind 
cottage, where she was welcomed us usual by her Matonidrx,^ 

gniff Voice uf gratefulness. '* Ye 're rcadin* *t wrong, baim. It sud be 

"Ye *re a gudo baim to conic a* this gait *mif ony days^^ fur there 's nae days or nichts 
throufih the snaw to see an auld blin* body like . cither t.> the blin*. They diniia ken the differ, 
me. It's dingia*oa (juuncing or rainuvf) — is na ye sec." 

% baim ?" ' •* I *m rcadin* 'f as I hae 't," answered Annie. 

"Ay i* 't. Hoo do ye ken, Tibbie?" " It s a muckle M." 

"I'dinna ken hoo I ken. I was na sure **I ken naething aboot yer muckle or ycr 
The sniiw m.iks unco little din, ye sec. It little Ms/* roturtcd Tibbie, ^vith indignation, 
eomes doon like the specrit himsel* npo*quuiet **Gin that binna what it means, it's ayont me. 
hens.*' Read awa*. May be we '11 come to something 

" Did ye crcr see, Tibbie ?" asked Annie, aft- better." 
cr a pause. ** Ay will we?" said Annie, and resumed. 

*'Na; nae that I min' upo*. I was but twa With the words, ** Tfius with the ytar seasons 
Tear aald, my mither used to tell fowk, whan I returity'^ Tibbie's attention grew fixed ; and when 
had the pock, an* it jist closed up my ecu forercr the reader came to the ]>assage, 
— T this war], yc ken. I s* sec some day as wecl u go qhkIi the nthcr tboa, CiLitUl Liglit» 

*s onj o* ye, laiw." Shine inwaTd," 

**Do ye ken what licht is, Tibbie?** said Annie, her attention rose into rapture 
vbooi Milton had set meditatin;; on Tibbie's ' ** Ay, ay, lassie ! That man kent a' aboot it! 
phjiical in relation to her mental i*ondition. lie wad ncTcr hae speircd gin a blin' crater like 

"Ay, wecl enench," answered Tibbie, with a me kent what the licht was. He kent what it 
touch of indignation at the imputed ignorance, was wecl. Ay did he !** 
" Wliat for no? What gars yc spier ?" '* But, yc see, he was a gey auld man afore he 

**0v! I jist wanted to ken.*' , tint his c^icht," Annie ventured to interpose. 

- "Hoo could I no ken ? DUna the Sariour say : | *^ Sac muckle the better ! lie kent baitii kinds. 

'lam the licht o'the warl?* lie that walketh , And he kent that the sicht without the ecn is 

in Him maun ken what licht is, lassie. Syne yo better nor the sicht o* the ecn. Fowk nae di>obt 

We the licht in ^crscl* — in yer ain liert ; an* yc has baith : but I think whiles *at the Lord gies a 

nsoQ ken what it is. Yc canna mistak' it." ' grainy mair o* the inside licht to mak' up for the 

^ Aaaie was neither able nor willing to enter loss o* the ootside ; and wecl I wat it docsuu 

iuo aa annimcnt on the matter, although she want muckle to do that." 

*>■ BOC satufied. She would rather think than ■ **But yc dinna ken what it is,** objected An- 

d^Mita abunt it. So she changed the subject in nie, with unnecessary persistency in the truth. 

a BeaHire. '* Do ye tell mc that again ?" returned Tibbie, 

"Did ve erer hear o* John Milton, Tibbie?'* harshly.' '*Y'o'Il anger mc, baim. Gin yc kent 

iWaAea. hoo I lie awank at nicht, no able to sleep for 

"Ov! aj Ho VIM blin* like mysel', wasna thinkin' *ut the day inV/come whan I '11 see — wi* 

fc>?" my ain open ecn — the verrn face o* him thai 

"Ay, WHi he. I luio been rcadin* a heap o' Iwro oor griefs an* carried oor sorrows, till I jist 

kb poetry." \ lie and greit, for rerra wissin*, ye wadna say 'ut 

**8h! I wad richt woel like to hear a bittie I dinna ken what the sicht o* a bodr*s ecn is. 

^ I' Sac nae mair o* that ! I beg o* ye, or I 'II jist need 

"UTed, here *• a bit 'at he made aa gin Sam- to gang to my prayers to hand mc ohn been 

m was sayiu* o' *t, till himsel' like, oftcr they > angry wi' ane'o' the Lord's buims ; for that yc 

hidpiaBn oot *s een — the Phillisteens, ye ken." rirr, I do believe, Annie Anderson. Y'c cani'ia 

"Ay,! ken wed eneach. Bead it." ■ ken what blin'ness is ; but I doobt yc ken what 

Anie nad the welUknown passage Tibbie , the licht is, la<»ie ; and, for the lave {rest), jist 

fatasd lo Iho end, without word of remark or ye lippen (tmst) to John Milton and me.** 

WHiiM, hor face tamed toward the reader, and ; ' Annie dared not say another word. She sat 

■iriighfliis balb rolling nndcr Iheir cl'iscd lids, silent — perhaps rebuked. But Tibbie resumed : 

WksB Amle'i toioo ceased, she said, after a lit- i '' Yc maun n a think, hooever, 'cause sic longin* 

dt niettlun— I thouchts come ower mc, that I gang aboot the 

**A^l ayl It 's bonnie, an' vcrrn true. And, ' hoosc girnin* and compleenin* that I canna open 

pair man ! it was wanr for him nor for mc and ' the door and win oot. Nn, na. I could jistdc- 

iBbMs.lar U was a* his ain wytc; and it was splso the lichr, whiles that yc mak* sic a wark 

■ft-lfhi npaekat ha end be sae qnaiet as anith- ' aboot. and sing and shout, as the Psalmist says ; 

^^.he luu} no richt to qneston the ways o' , for I 'm jist that glaid, thnt I dinna ken hoo to 

B. ;Biit it 's bonnie, rael bonnie.'* ' hand it in. For the Lord 's my frien*. I can jist 

raad to ye what Milton says tell him a' that comes into my puir blin' heid. 



£:< 



Bat it 's some ill to nn- 



Y'e sec there *s ithcr ways for things to cotrAvciXvV 
m body*8 heid. TVver^ ' « mavt «iviat% xtfsJt >>aa ^«su 



78 >.■.-:.: j^.aaai is ai-w 

Then '• tsmnk q'jctt vziiMk tux ^ 'n men tut * I n in «v«ni;- mefiinc,'* «i<i Brace. 

UiribK; ^:-.4*3. Bi:'. L.;£ ^suv wr 'lie tuhi.- ' Tt vn w"a 'i i .''; 'jdeniiin' axie o* his 

■ide. Anc zut ?iit%l =: :>: cmv -fawi^n mim^ ixtu> uub. T-iit' 'i* "ent i' !3ie millp^tit^. ** 

in ftt t'^ tift^ «^:sii;/s;:*. '•-. ««i. V'mk i -ni* * EiMc-zmr IThiiN?. I tu }iiiTwinii'*«t!he 

br/nr.it t-r^en u; '-t. i^:ui iiiis^r 3'm. JLinie via vsbi •. <nu lupr i 'ler aimiscratioiis for 

An:^>>'.ii '"' iKT un uizbk inu iiir un ^wk'as haa the mm. 

*' L,L '. I unna i»fl. Ti^ur*. I n -iimifin .Bi?'ii *u xia*. ITikt* « '^u hiht^s and me jut 

thcT ::.l;i y. l iiL' i.is. " "nuir-'»n ii "aur :3j»n Aaii -iii:ns'i the bit in- 

" A J. Kj UK btiir. Lx «^nu> i iit*.a. sa'" iinc Ji "v inr i tumis 'm«iMr>naiii noo ud than, 

be !it*T irtL irj^ xuisr^ " ^ ^iic iis ▼•luc -^ a '. * 

"'•Vw. »:..;! -ji w- :;:ni: iki-r iiin. riinii" -" A i:"m :!:mnn%sim if "^e Tiantft wss all Tib- 

" I i:l::ll i: n::.m ui ::•• nmiiitni*fri^ — skM* iic. i ?ni.7 ^ois uti wr raixiR to kII Robert 

citBUi. Liii bM f:Tf* u:". M«% v^*:*: •.*<nn*?ir. * 2i**iis£ ':niic limiuo'i «ii! vas liind — ondprcbablj 

" Jkj. ; % 71 '^i^u.*.-! : ■' \u: JDf il. riiiruii. 1m\z i^^oLm Mits Titf umiL — Hie iiiari rschier more 

gis ;t fcLT :ii.. • #^ — • r>wn "^uia ur- hm:*' iite m ^^oniertDn. and that 

" :i'j'XJi . 1 ijiii **^n :«#• ^j*» nnn— i ~niiL v:n.-?i^nifnLi'_'' ii» inrifa. ti jmr ■r'^xiiazJiT had no 

Nk'. jj -ir n J ./ "!ii!.-.- .. .::i: ir- — " iiiii x«»r« n-r •rfi'f:: ir.f.ti itsr Ynaimf *ae auiile no other 

fiiff*?* TLin ni »* i:.-: umur l- i* :ii'" T.'r» i—iirTc ins-r^r 3i^ir" Ttntfi ij Jjinie. 

tJJt fLl.-'jiinr-i -I'.p"^ i; i ^*-^ — • Hir T -iiiiK. * l^ir. JLxniv.'uLM xe. •* 71S "^ aae wantit here 

i'jr ZLi" tju.-. :..«- -:.» unim ni*.-:.* 4 i:i.*« ?: m. * ^n- arfj**" I lai* i"nri tt rvs a> say to Tibbie. 

■"Kx" i^. ' rir :.. .•_ini.- t r*ni*^ uiii rhnii! ji.iiT liOti'. lai: j?an 7»K* issirnii jl:r :he morn.** 

»vr : '.i\. ■ I" ♦ ■>»^»!r::i- laiar. ' inpr-rwi Annie. 

■■-'u^t "niiiiTi: ■^. ';••••* iiff iim n^i" itii*r5. Liz-s iot* "ir ja=<:ns :;: jsa."! :i;ruieMonon- 

f 'jTit iiuf- ,'.t:i,i*. ;:ii'. i»i in-, in _■?•-• viejiii'r la^ * 

T. nv -.«.'. J 111 •• 1.- • "'r I' 3.xr: I :aK 1 iiiik rrrrx » tak'hame 

• iir. M.t •'. i-':i 'uu '■ •■1 ii»".-».r wr iim. ' "".: 5Cj*tr-»? J mi** A-ti I iaar>4i- I "U hide, and 

■"-•••"-■" hi:v i;:n ," iiiit *^n iiin \»y"* r.iii '.-Tn''. "; '.w i.."*. ▼' ii:r ■." ~i«! Tiiirun'."* 

'ns^.'- i^Lj.i. J r-.'». i.:ii V 1:1:1 r iii.'. ". .mn V 'r. a_ii:.: 11^; l. .uTlriuu xxated vasto irct 

';jvr* I fct; "1: r" ii«.- :i; r ;»:■ a -; rnni:iM iifr: firccmauxi- 

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:l w-.i*r:: I f..i*ni*,-» ■.•■*:' i:M ".»' if* ii* i»a;".tr'-,i ■»* ••■'!""•" 

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i::iT. >.iii;i- k wsu'.. ^Jl» itr.'rv: n*.- /iiurtiin' I: • : rn" t f'-v-f. T: '.. » *" wax. and 

■--■-• •* »ni«. iii.» i::n. iiu» ii -r. ?>ir r:i* *1 r..L- .•• "l .: . *_j. -.t! V: .":iLiiiA«ee jerhan* 

*.* L ;i'--ui : i*'r i.!iL v'liui hill fc».-« i.TX. ti '.ft ir' '-f • '• "u:^* — iJi'rs ■• c "-"i»f "sxii-^ 

ii . ' - I 4 ■ m: r:ii«i r: Xisr ■» F:r*h»*« as weel 's 

*'":i».-! 1. Vti-*jr:i'.i ir-i-«'«^L!i -.-. ii'.r.vTi. :i* *::••. -_;.i -^-a ;-: - -*:- ri-T^s SL- n* Xr. BrBce." 

rji" iii'.-w y I:' ii'.' rn" •■ i"* r.-; i::nr .•:-..iiJU"i:»i - >v -.u* ■ ic " ie .ns'^- fr^i. w^:Ji a sneering 

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•*'.".■. ;i :ii» -.'.iTi'. T.'i Z-i:r: "_" •! i. -J— .'=»; :Vfc» ibe dark and 

■■'■.'•ri. ji.:': ; :.:.:. -.•..■t •.•:•:£ -ri-i-'i. 71 :h "t; « •^ »* - ". : 'j.-i . j-i. Mr. Br«ce,'* »he 

*•■■• ' T.^ 1 

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irrr ■ I .»' — ' . vi:: .■-._-.-:. r!;i:.- >- —•.£*: .Tiv-fj.r'WA*-' " T.tu-^ >y rrtailinp all 

•1*-:- 1.:.-. :.»■■■■•.:•■- -.-r ''Ik r .: • .' :i-r i.i* ■'r-'**. ':.•■: :■. > i :i:-.k cc". While thus 

." .■ V -vi- • ■ '..L* V 1 •■ ._Lt ':.T. LZ z. . TiZ\ f-rtTt-i. ■ ; !t;':"~ifttT.-cfa.r:fs'l7i>:ct:herocm 

•■ ■ 1. • ' :•* ■ T.. '. •' ."it ▼L* L riir. :•;."- :* :r:n i-'.-: :: :; :~.r*~. tzTT-irj: "*^ b««i on erenr 

v.i.' ".' : i ■-•.Li -LH " ?;i*, .\~ i ^r»"i -.-;-;♦.? I'* :rr::-*i ::. Eren Tibbie 

r.-vi*-' "■>: .l:*' t' :':» ::•:• "^n T»:r>£.T-:-i. f-r-r. "f -c'r£.r£?» i= the scand of hii 

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• ■' . .» V!- !.: ':l,yzr.''. l: i t.t- . .1 A KiJi i: li>:. 

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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



■"W«1. ilini '» verm riiaonable, naodoobt, gin 

be M JO MJ." 

•■ Be lu I say, Robert Bmco f" 
■" Ay, ay ; ye SCO JO 're n«c n'lbegilher like iiher 
U. Idinna mean ony oflcnsc, ye kcD, Tibbie; 
« je hnenathc wcbt o'jer oeo." 

^'Mny be I bnena the ^lin*D'tny onmbaniu, 
Iher, Mnisler Dnicc .' May ba I 'm ower blin' to 
W ihc rheamatixs; or to smetl (ha ontd wcci 

■ppy o' rain o' ihe riRgin' 1" 
'**! (lidnn want lo anger yc, Tibbie. A' ihnt 
Hy dewrvo atteniiun. It iroaid ba n ibanie 
lat an aulJ botly like yon — " 
" No that ould, Hniiter lirnce, gin ye kcnt Ihe 
iwth!" 
"Weel,i 



Tibbie granted. 



a pint. Iliirro '■ nae 
It the hoow wants a. ban tie o' iloctorin'." 
I -'Deed liocB'i," interposed Tibbie. "It'll 
JftBt m new door. For forbrc 'at ibe door 'b 
nnilt M ivido ns iwa ordtnar iloors, it was nnco 
||itwn lialvca hke a cbopdoor. And they're ill 
pool I hci: it her. and the win' cornea throa like a 
tbajr.. „n.i mni-. cu« B bodjio twa. Yo BOO the 
X the dyer's dryio' hooM, afore 
KMcd f iriher doon the watter." 

" rieht, TibHc. But acein' 

aomncklc, I'll bo compelled 
lift anilhor ihripponce on to iho rent." 
"Iiher thrippcncn, Robert Bruce! That's 
~'i thrijipencen i' the oolc in place o' twa. 
...I's an anco rianl Tc canna mean what ye 
r! It 'a a' that I'm able todo lopaymy lox- 
Rce. An Huld blin' body like me dima (a' in 
' mxpenccs whan she f^angi Inlkin aboot ni' 
r tan;{ Hiigcri for a pirn or a prin that slio 'a 



a like y< 

May bo ay and may bo no. ll '■ no mnekle 
thai comes till. I wndna apin sae wuel |>in 
waraa that Ihe Almichty pat lomo aleht into 
a pints o' my fingera, 'cause thore was nanc 
' i' my con, An' pin ye niak ilher thrippence 
Dckoolo'ihat, ye 'II bo tiirain'tha water ihnt 
_ lenlto rn my mill into your dnin; an'Idoobi 
"H jdiiY ill water wi' your whoela." 
'" iloot, hoot ! Tibbio, woman I tt gangs lair 
«in«t mo to appear to be hard-hertH." 
"1 bflj nae dnobi, Ye dinna want to a;7>eir 
I. But do ye ken that I mnk im lillle by the 
— --' ye mak aaemockte o', that the kirk allom 



• ihjllin' i' the week ut mak n 



i'? And 



for kill' frfen's, it '* ill livbi' I wad 
in diinr weather like Ihii. Dinna yc imalg- 
Mr. Bruce, that I has a poM o' my ain. I 
nnathing ava, cxccp'seTenpenco in n itockin'- 
> And it wad haa in onnw alT o' tnr tny or 
ini; iihcr 'at I wad ill miM." 
ccl, ibai may be a' rorra tme," ifjnined 
" Beit a body mann hac tlidr ain for n* 
Wadna the kirk glc 



ye imo bawbeo more nnr the anxpcneo, I 'II liirn 
001 i' Ihe snnw nnd lul llic L>orJ luik etier me." 

Robert Bruce wcnlawny, and did not parcliase 
the cottags, witirh was In the market at a low 
pric*. He had intended Tibbie to believe, nsahe 
did, lliBi he had already bought it; and If she 
had afrreed lo pay even the KTcnponce, be would 
hare gone rrara her to secnre iL 

On her way lo Howglon. Annie pondered on 
Ihe doliKbi of Tibbio— Tibbie Dyster who !ind 
never seen ibe " human foec divine" — when nho 
should SCO iho face of Jcsoit ChriEt, tnoat likvlr 
tho flnt fucc she would ace. Then she turned 
to what tibbie had said about knowing light 
from knowing tho Saviour. There must b« mme 
connection between what Tibbie said and what 
TliomBS had said abont the faec oF God. Thero 
was a text that snid " God is light, nnd in him h 
no dnrkneai at all." Bo abe was turn that ihu 
li);lit that was in a Christian, whatever it meant, 
must coma from the fiiro of God. And an what 
Tliomaa said nnd what Tibbie said mi[.'bt be only 
dilTeranc ways of saying the name thing. 

Thus she was in a mensuro saved Tram the per> 
plexiiy which come* of any one deflniilon of iha 
holy secret, compelling a ninn la wulk in a way 
between walla, instead of in a pnih ncroas open 
Solds. 

There wai no day yet in which Annie did not 
think of her old champion niih the same fi-eling 
of devotion which his clmmpionship had l!m 
aroused, although all her neccnilics, hopes, and 
fears were now beyond any assistance be could 
I rondor. She was fur on in a new pnib ; bo wai 
I loitering behind, oal of hearing. Ilo would not 
have dared locall her solicitude nonscnsp; hut he 
would have set down all such mnttera as belong- 
ing to woman, rather than youllis beginning the 
world. The lessons of Thomnn Crann were not 
despised, for he never thought nboul ibero. Ho 
began to look down upon nil bis past, and, in it, 
upon his old companions. Since knowini: Kate, 
who had more delicate habits and ways than ho 
had ever te«n, ho hod bepun id reAne his own 
modes concerning ouiside things; and in bia 
anxiety lo bo like her. while he beeams mora 
poluhed ho became less genial and uido- 
lioarted. 

But none of his old friends for^l hfm, f be- . 
lieve not a day passed in which Tliomaa did not 
jiray fbr bim in secret, naminjt liim by his name, 
nnd lingering over It moumfally — " Alexander 
Forbes — the young man that I lliochi wad hae 
been pluckii frao iho burnin' afore noo. But thy 
lime's ibc best, O Lord. It's a' ihy nark; an' 
there '« no good thing in us. And thou canst 
lam ihehcrt o' man aatheriverao' water. And 
may be ihoa hast pl'en him gmre lo re|>eat al- 
ready, ibough I ken nnotliing nboot it." 



the illier ihKp- 

•• Do TO ihlnk r wad tak' Hao ttw kirk to nit 

jlvourllllT- 

*• Wed, nay (alrenpenns than, and well be 



CIIAI'TF.B XLV. 



Tiiia had been a sore winter for Tboma«, nnd 

ho had liari jilcniy of luinnre for prayer. For, 

hnrtni* Kune np on a acuffbld one day lu see that 

it ihe wall he wn4 building w«) properly proieetod 

fium the rnin, he flipped his fixii on n wn poit, 

M and fell lo the gronnd, whence, being a heavy 

man. ha wMliftedierriUvuhaken.bmide* baring 

I tell ya what, Bobcrt Broco : raither nor pay ' one of hi* h-p broken. U<X a moan tveapwl biu 



80 



ALEC FORBES OV HOWGLEK. 



— B monnur nu uul tit tlia qucuion. They eaz- 
ricJ him home, and tbe lurgcon diil hi* best fur 
him. Nor, allhough f<jw pcojilc likeil iiim much, 
was liu k-rt unvixiivil in hi> nickni-M. Tiic mom- 
ber<i uf hii own rctigioua cumniunily recoiriiMd 
tfavir obligaliun lu iiiiniilcr (o him ; and tiicy 
would limve dono mure, bad lliuy kuowciI liow 
pour ho wu. Kuhody knnw liuw much lie gure 
awn]- in oltiCT diroctiunii t>u( thcyjudf^d uf hii 
mniiii by the amount lie was in Ihu habit of put- 
ting iiili) die (jhitG at the choiicl door vrciy i^un- 
dny. Tlicrc HntiicvormaL-li of the lilvcry uliioe 
to be IMU in llie hcup of co)i))er, but one of the 
(•knming nixpcnccii was bIiiiohi nurc to hare ilruji- 
ped from the hand of Thomas (Jrann. Nut tliat 
litis generosilT sjirunc aliogeihcr from diaimcr- 
etlod motives ; fur llic fact woi, that be liad n 
morbid fear of av.-iricc ; a fi-ir I bcliure not al- 
together eroundirs''; fur lie was independent in 
liis fuclinga almost tu tierecncM — certainly to un- 
graciousness ; nnd this strengihcncd n natural 
icndeney to saving and liuurdini;. Tlio con- 
leiousnewofthii tendency drove him tu iho utlier 
exlTCTne. Jean, having overheard him once cry 
out in an RRony, " Lord, hiMi mercy u|>o' nic, nnil 
deliver me frae this lore o' money, which is llie 
rootof all evil," watcliud him in the lobby of tint 
ch:i|Klllie next Sunday — "and as sure'sdeith," 
said Jean — an expression wliieh it was well fur 
liLT [hat Tliutnasdid not hear — "be pat a siller 
sbilliii' into tbe |ilatc that day, morniirua' nirhl." 

" TaL' care hoo ye ulTrunt bim, whan yo lok' 
it," said Audrcw Constable to his wife, wl'io was 
setting out to eany him soma di«h uf her own 
cooking— fur Andnw's wife hclunccd to the mis- 
•wnars— '■ for weel ye ken Tliamas likes to ho 
uimer obligation tuiiono but the I^ird liiinarl'." 

" Lea' ye tliiit to me, Aucrew, mv man. Yuu 
'ai'd ruuch men disna k<>n hoo to du a thing o' 
tliHt Hurt. I s' muiiapn Thanias *vcel cncneh. 
I ken the nater u' him.'' 

And sure enottgh lii< ate it up at once, that 
slio might take the disli hack with her. 

Annie went every day to auk nflcr him, and 
evc>7 day luld a kind rcce)>tiiin fmni Jean, wUu j 
bora her no grudge fur the ignuminiuus treat- ; 
meat of Tbomas on that cvenint! memorable to j 
Annie. At length, one day, after many WGcks, j 
Jean nskcd hcr if fIic would not like lo sec bim. 

" Ay wad I ; richt vrecl," answered slie. 

Jenti led her at once into Thomas's room, 
wbero iKlaj in a bed in the wnW. He ].<?ld oat his 
band. Annia cuuld hardly le Niiiil to take it, but 
*hu pnt hers in!o it, s:iyiiii: limidly— 

" U>r no. dawtic ; rne noo. The Lord's licen 
Terra incn:ifn'— jist like bimsci'. It win ill to 
bide fur a while wtian I rudna Klre|>. Unt I jist 
sUwp nuu like one o' the Ijcluved." 
"1 was riobt surry for j-e, Tbaniai"." 
" Ay. Ye 've a kin' hen, lassie. And I ean- 
na help thinkin' — they may nay whattbey like — 
but I entraii lidpdiinkin' that the Lord mas suttj 
for mo himtel'. It cam' into mr heiil as I lay 
here ao nicht, an' cndna deep a wink, and cadna 
rial, niid yet ilaarua muv for my broken bungh. 
And as sniio 's that cam' into my hcid. I was sne 
ujiliftit, 'nt I Torgot a' nboot my leg, and bcRiid, 
or ever I kent, to sing the bunncr and saivuni 
lisalm. .\nd ryne whan the pain cam* back wi' 
u terrible Moun, 1 jL>tamaistlench [ an'llboaiBhl 
thut pill lie iviid brack mo n' to biti, I wai i 



cry kamii, ni _, 

Nuo, ye 're ane o'the Loril'a bum — "* 

" Eh ! I dinaa ken," cried Annie, half laoU 
■tsueh an assurance from Thomoa, andtk* 
ajjonsibility devolved on bcr therel^-, anilivfc 
lighted beyond expresiion. 

" Ay are ye.'' contiaued Thomas, conUoir. 
" and I want to ken wliMt yo think abool i. b 
ye thinkiiwaiawrans tbocht tocomeiut* 
iieidr 

■■ lloo could that be, Thomu, whan it Bini 
siugin' — and lie a psalm — 'Q that nn n^ 
praiMi the Lord fur his goodncM F' " 

" 'I'be Lord he praised nnce mair !'* tsdad 
Thomas. " ' Uot o' the mooth o' babci aad i* 
lin'sr—nothatye'rejist that, Annie, bgtiik 
no muckle mair. Sit re doon aside me, tai» 
owcrlo the Bible, and jisi read tbathaassa 
Biuvcm psalm. Eh,himic! bat lheLordii|k 
Ub : that menwad praise bim; An'tonrtk 
the imiisci o' sic worms oa nac ! What ricbis 
I to iiraise him?'' 

"Ye bae tbe best ticbt, Tbomas; tat^m 
be been gix>d to yo ?" 

"Yu'rv richt, lonie, je're lii-hL It'ii* 
nerfn' tho coinmon scnae o' bainis. GinrtJ 
jiallat thoLordiustrucklhcm! Idoobtwted 
ower little o' ihem. Na* doobt they 're ton* 
kin, and lirueht furlli in inlquiiv ; but pi ilQ 
rciojnt ear', they win far alicitl o' llio anU lint 

riioinns's suSurinpa had made him motcf* 
lie — and more sure of Annie's election. Hta 
one on whom afltietion wu not thnnn na 
Annie s.tw liim often after this, and he ncitf ll 
her go wiilioLLt reading a cbopter to him, li> 
nmrks ujiun which were nlwnya of some mi 
hcr, notwithstMnditig the limited capadir d 
formal shajic uf the dortriunl monlds in VlJd 
they were cast; fur wberercr there is gm» 
rcliKioim fui-liiig and rxjitrienrt, it will noirMJ 
then crack the prisoning pitrlicr, andlctumcU 
lioiii ray uf the indwelling ftlory ont, to diic* 
tit the lieleflgnuring host* of troublooa thoqka 

Altliouglitherramen'orkaf'rhoinaswiin^ 
ly hewn, he had Blwaya been rulyect to iri 
fliictiiaiiona of rcclinpi oa Mre more i mii— ^ 
found among Teligiuui wumen. SomtiiM 
iiutwithBlanding tbe visions uf iho face if Gti 
■- >-uiicliH.iffd lo bim frum tho ■nercv-)ni,''>k 
would say, lie would full iiiio Tits of dnild^ 
whether he wna indeed one oftbe elect; Ibitoi 
then could he be so hai\l-hcnrted, and su Iwib 
ufguud tbuugbts and fcelinga aa lie foand lia 
sdf? At such limes he was anhjeci to aa ini 
taiion of tein|«r, nliernatcdy tbe ennseandcfc 
of bis misery, opon whieb, witli all huefoiLli 
was only en[«ible yet of pnttinf; a Terr J** 
cbii-k. Wiir 10 Ihc ]ierson wlio abouM thv^ 
m interru]rt Ids devotions? If Jean, who ball 
foroighl or nnticipaiiun of conavquencci, As* 
urged by some snppoied neceaaitj- of the M 
call to him through tliedoor boiled aniastTh 
anil its euncCTtii, the mint who }iad been iMri 
ing befi'fO God in uitor abasement, aclf-eimin* 
and wrelchcdne«s, would Suddcnty unack | 
open, A wrathful, indignant man, bc-llinc bHjl 
ful of ancry wm^ils and unkind ol^urpsMi 
thrmiuh all whicli would be mantfi-vt, iiofrt* 
iinDdinib ■ ecrtain nnhnppy rcitrninl. Hsiij 



ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



81 



aBrightcoos Aii];er, nnd lo of jet another wall of 
•eparation raised between him and his God. 

Now this weakness all but disappeared daring 
iho worst of his illness, to retam for a season 
with increased force when his recovery had ad- 
ranced so far as to admit of his getting out of 
bed. Children are almost always cross when re- 
covering from an illness, however patient they 
may have been during its severest momenu ; and 
the nhcnomenon is not by any means confined to 
children. 

A deacon of the chnrch, a worthy little weaver, 
had been half officiallv appointed to visit Thorn- 
ss, and find out, which was not an easy ta»k, if 
he was in want of any thing. When he arrived, | 
Jean was out. He lifted the latch, entered, and 
upped gently at Thoroas*s door — too gently, for 
he received no answer. With hasty yet hesitat- 
ing imprudence, ho opened the door and peeped 
in. Thomas was upon his knees by tiio fireside, 
with his phiid over his head. Startled by the 
weaver's entrance, he raised his head, and his 
rugged leonine face, red with wrath, glared out 
of the thicket of his plaid upon the intruder. lie 
(lid not rise, fur that would have been a task rc- 
qniring time and caution. But ho criod aloud 
in a hoarse voice, with his two hands leaning on 
the chair, like the paws of some fierce rampant 
saimal: 

** Jearocs, ye *re tnkin' the pairt o* Sawtan upo* 
je^dririn* a man frao his prayers !** 

" Hoot, Thanins ! I beg yer pardon, ** answer- 
ed the weaver, rather finrricd. **I thoucht ye 
mieht hae been asleep." 

*'Te had no business to think for ycrscl* in sic 
t naitter. What do ye want ?'* 

*4 jist cam* to see whether ye war in want o* 
OBJ thing, Thamos.'* 
" I 'm in want o* naething. Gudc-nicht to ve." 
" But, railly, Thamas,*' expostulated the weav- 
er, emboldened by his own kindness — *' ye *11 ex- 
cm me, but ye Imo nao business to gang doon 
on jtr k-necs, wi' jer leg in sic a wcjk condoc- 
tioa." 

"Iwinna excuse vc, Jearacs. What ken yc 
sbooc my leg ? And what *s the use o' k-nees, but 
lOfang doon u)»o' ? Gang hnme, and gang doon 
npo^ jer ain, Jcamcs; and dinna disturb ithcr 
finrk'that ken what theirs was made for." 

Thus admonished, the weaver dared not linger. 
Ai he tamed to shut the door, he wished the ma- 
loii good-night, but received no answer. Thom- 
u had sunk fonvard upon the chnir, and had al- 
readj drawn his plaid over his lioid. 

But the secret place of tlio Most Tliph will 
not be entered after this fashion ; and Ttiomns 
fidt that he was shut out. It is not by driving 
away our brotiiorthat we can be alone with God. 
Thomas's plutd could not isolate him with his 
Maker, for communion with Goil is never isola- 
tion. In such a mood, the chnnihcr \\\\\\ the shut 
door shots oat God too, and one is Icftnlone with 
himself, which is the outer darknosx. Tlie love 
of the brethren opens the door into God's cham- 
ber, which is within ours. So Thomas — who was ' 
(ar enough from hating his brother, who would , 
have ttroggled to his feet and limped to do him 
A aernoc, though he would not have held out his 
band to receive one, for he was only good, not gra- 
doiia — ^Thomas, I say, fult worse than ever, and 
moro aa if God had forgotten him, than he had ' 
felt for many a day. Ue knelt still and 8i«;hed sore. ' 



At length another knoi'k came which, although 
very gentle, he heard and knew well enough. 

** Who 's there ?" he asked, notwithstanding, 
with a fresh access of indignant feeling. 

'* Annie Anderson," was the answer through 
the door, in a tone which at once soothed the 
rufiled waters of Thomas's spirit. 

** Come in," he said. 

She entered, quiet as a ghost. 

** Come awa', Annie. I'm glaid too see ye. 
Jist come and kneel doon aside me, and we Ml 
]>ray thegither, for I 'm sair troubled wi' an ill- 
temper." 

Without a word of reply, Annie kneeled by the 
side of his chair. Thomas drew the plaid over 
her head, took her hand, which was swallowed 
up in his, and after a solemn pause, spoke thus : - 

*' O Lord, wha dweliest in the licht inaccessi- 
ble, whom mortal eve hath not seen nor can see, 
but who dweliest with him that is humble and 
contrite of heart, and liftest the licht o' thy coon- 
tcnanco npo'thcm tlmt seek it, O Lord" — lu>re 
the solemnity of the appeal gavo way before the 
outbursting agony of Thomas's heart — **0 IjonX^ 
dinna lat 's cry in vain, this thy lammie, and inc. 
thine auld sinner, but, for the sake o' him wliu 
did no sin, forgive my sins and my vile temper, 
and help me to love my neighbor as mvsel'. 
Lat Christ dwell in me and syne I shall be meek 
and lowly of heart like him. Put thy speerit in 
me, and syne I shall do richt — no froe mysel', 
for I hae no good thing in me, but frae thy speerit 
that dwelletii in us.*' 

After this prnver, Thomas felt refreshed and 
ho|)efnI. With slow labor he rose from his 
knees at last, and sinking into his chair, drew 
Annie toward him, and kissed her. Then he 
said — 

** Will ye gang n bit eeran' for me, Annie ?" 

'* That i will, Thomas. I wad rin mvsel' nff 
o' my legs for yc. 

** No, na. i dinna want sae muckle rinnin' 
the nicht. But I wml be sair oblceged to ye, gin 
ye wad jist rin doon to Jcames Johnstone, the 
weyver, and tell him, wi' my coampliments, ye 
ken, that I 'm vcrra sorry I spak' till him as I did 
the nicht ; and I wad tak* it richt kin* o* him, gin 
ho wad come and tak' a cup o' tay wi' me the 
morn's nicht, and we cud hae a crack thegither, 
and syno we cud hae worship thegither. And 
tell him he maunna think nne roair o' the way I 
spak' till him, for I was troubled i' my niin', and 
I 'm an ill-natcr'd man." 

**1'11 tell him a* that ye say, "answered Annie, 
** as weel 's I can min' 't ; and I s' warran' I s* no 
forget muckle o' 't. Wad ye like me to come 
back the nicht and tell ye what he says?" 

** Na, na, lassie. It '11 be nearhan'timc for yc 
to gang to yer bed. And it 's a cauld nicht. 1 
ken that by my leg. And ye sec Jcames John- 
stone 's no an ill-natcr'd man like me. lie's a 
douce man, and he's sure to be \veel-]dcascd and 
come till 's tav. Na, na ; ve necdna come back. 
Gnid-nicht to yc, my dawtic. The Lord Mess 
ye for comin' to pray wi' an ill-nater'd man." 

Anniu sped upon her mission of love through 
the murky streets and lanes of Glamcrton. as 
certainly a divine messenger as any serapli cross- 
ing the blue empyrean upon level wing. And if 
any one should take exception to this, on the 
ground that she sought her own sen'ice and neg- 
lected home duties, I wonld, ulihongh my ob- 



82 



ALEC FORBES OF H0W6LEN. 



ject has not been to sot her forth as an exemplar, 
take the opportunity of asking whether to sleep 
in a certain house and be at liberty to take one's 
meals there, be sufficient to make it home, and 
the source of home obligations — ^to indicate the 
will of God as to the region of one's labor, other 
regions lying open at the same time. Ought Annie 
to have given her aid as a child where there was 
no parental recognition of the relationship— an 
aid whose value in the eyes of the Bruces would 
have consisted in the lebure it gave to Mrs. 
Bruce for ministering more devotedly in the tcm- 
))Ie of Mammon ? I put the question, not quite 
sure what the answer ought to be. 



CHAPTER XLVI. 

Now that Kate had got a companion, Alec 
never saw her alone. But ho had so much the 
better opportunity of knowing her. Miss War- 
ner was a nice, open-eyed, fair-faced English 
girl, with pleasant manners, and plenty of speech ; 
and although more shy than Kate — ^English girls 
being generally more shy than Scotch girls—was 
yet ready enough to take her share in conversa- 
tion. Between the two, Alec soon learned how 
ignorant ho was in the things that most interest 
girls. Classics and mathematics were not very 
interesting to himself, and anatomy was not 
uviiiluble. He soon perceived that they were 
lioili fond of poetry ; but if it was not the best 
]Kictry, he was incapable of telling them so, al- 
tliunj^h the fcrw lessons he had had were from a 
bolter mistress than either of them, and with 
some better examples than they had learned to 
njoice in. 

The two girls had got hold of some volnraes 
of Byron, and had read them together at school, 
chiefly after retiring to the chamber thev shai'ed 
ti)getlicr. The consequences were an unbounded 
admiration and a facility of reference, with the 
use of emotional adjectives. Alec did not know 
a single poem of that writer except the one 
:ib(uit the Assyrian coming down like a wc^ on 
ih.; fold. 

Determined, however, not to remain incapable 
r)f sympathizing with them, he got copies of the 
various poems from the library of the college, 
: }ind for days studied Byron and anatomy — noth- 
iing else. Like all other young men, he was ab- 
sorbed, entranced, with the poems. Childe Har- 
old he could not read, but the talcs were one fairy 
region after another. Their power over young 
.people is remarkable, but not more rcmark- 
aible than the fact that they almost invariably 
lose this power over the individual, while they 
liiivo as yet retained it over the race ; for, of all 
the multitude which does homage at the shrine 
of the poet, few linger long, and fewer still, after 
the turmoil of life has yielded room for thought, 
renew their homage. Most of those who make 
the attempt are surprised — some of them troub- 
led — at the discoverv that the shrine can work 
miracles no more. The Byron-fevcr is in fact 
a disease belonging to youth, as the hooping- 
cough to childhood — working some occult good, 
no doubt, in the end. It has its origin, perhaps, 
in the fact that the poet makes no demand either 
on the intellect or the cons^cienre, hut confines 
.himself to friendly intercourse with those passions 



whose birth long precedes that of choice in their 
objects — ^whence a wealth of emotion is sqiuui- 
dered. It is long before we discover that far 
richer feeling is the rcsnlt of a regard bent on 
the profound and the pure. 

Hence the chief harm the poems did Alee eon* 
sisted in the rousing of his strongest feclingi 
toward imaginary objoets of inferior ezcellence, 
with the necessary result of a tendency to meas- 
ure the worth of the passions themselves by their 
strength alone, and not by their character— by 
their degree, and not by their kind. That they 
were the forge-bellows, supplying the blast of tlie 
imagination to the fire of love in which his life 
had begun to be remodeled, is not to bt oonnted 
among their injurious influences. 

He had never hitherto meddled with his own 
thoughts or feelings— had lived an external life 
to the most of his ability. Now, throng fidling 
in love, and reading Byron, he began to know 
the existence of a world of feeling, if not of 
thought ; while his attempts at conversation with 
the girls had a condensing if not cxTstallizing 
influence upon the merely vaporous sensations 
which the poetry produced. All that was want- 
ed to give full force to the other inflnenccs in 
adding its own, was the presence of the stdtry 
evenings of summer, with the thunder gathering 
in the dusky air. The cold days and nights of 
winter were now swathing that brain, thmngh 
whose aerial regions the clouds of passion, driven 
on manv shifting and opposing winds, were hnr- 
rying nfong to meet in human thunder and hu- 
man ruin. 

I will not weary my readers with tlio talk of 
three young people enamored of Byron. Of 
course the feelings the girls had about him dif- 
fered materially from those of Alec ; so that a 
', great many of the replies and utterances met like 
j unskillful 'liltcrs, whoso staves passed wide. In 
neither was the admiration much more than an 
uneasy delight in the ^ivid though fndisHnct 
images of pleasure raised by the magic of that 
*' physical force of words" in which Byron excel:< 
all otlicr English poets, and in virtue of which, I 
]>resume, the French persist in regarding Byron 
as our greatest poet, and in supposing that we 
agree with them. 

Alec gained considerably with Kate from be- 
coming able to talk about her favorite author, 
while she appeared to him more beautiful than 
ever — tlie changes in the conversation constantly 
bringing out new phases on her changeful coun- 
tenance. He began to discover now what I have 
already ventured to call ihe Jlmditif of her ex- 
pression ; for he was almost startled every time 
he saw her, by finding her different from what he 
had expected' to find hen Joan Paul somewhere 
mokes a lamentation over the fact that girls will 
never meet yon in the morning with the same 
friendliness with which they parted from von the 
night before. But this was not the kind of 
clmnge Alec found* She behaved with perfect 
e^'cnness to him, but always /coked diffnent, so 
that he felt as if he could never know her quite 
— which was a just conclusion, and might have 
been arrived at upon less remarkable though 
more important grounds. Occasionally he would 
read something of Byron^s ; and it was a delight 
to him such as he had never known before, to 
I see Kate*s strangely beautiful eyes flash with 
actual visible fire as he read, or cloud over with 



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63 



niint and fill slowlj with tho dew of feeling. No 
•loubt lie took mora of the credit than belonged 
to him — which was greedy, seeing poor Byron 
hud none of the pleasure. 

Had it not been for tho help Mr. Cupplcs gave 
him toward the end of the session, he would 
hare made a poor figure both in Greek and 
mathematics. But he was so filled with the 
phantasm of Kate Eraser, that although not in- 
sensible of his obligation to Mr. Cupplcs, ho re- 
garded it lightlj ; and, ready to give his life for 
.1 smile from Kate, took all his kindness, along 
vith his drunken wisdom, as a matter of course. 

And when ho next saw Annie and Curly, he 
<lid not speak to them quite so heartily as on his 
former return. 



CIlAirTER XLVir. 

Ix ones or two of his letters, which were nc\'er 
very long. Alec hod just mentioned Kate ; and 
now Bin. Forbes had many inquiries to mnkc 
alioat her. Old feelings and thoughts awoke in 
her mind, and made her wish to see the daugiv- 
t-^r of her old companion. The absence of Annie, 
Laiiished once more at the sngi^estion of worldly 
lirnJence, but fur whoso quiet iuimr smile n^^t 
CTcn Alec*s snnnv presence couU quite make u]), 
contributed no doubt to this longing after the 
nev maiden. She wrote to Mr. Fmscr, luiktiig 
liimto allow his niece to pay her a visit nf a few 
weeks; but she s:ud nothing alxiut it to Alec. 
The arrangement happened to hd convenicut to 
Mr. Frascr, who wished to accept iiu invitation 
himself. It was now the end of April; and he 
firoposcd that tho time should \yj (ixod fur the 
bcisinning of June. 

When this favorable response arrived, Mrs. 
Forlics garo Alec the letter to rc:ul, and saw the 
llnsh of delight that rose to his face an he gather- 
ed the welcome news. Nor was this obsen'otion 
unpleasant to her ; for that Alec should at length 
marry ono of her own people was a grateful idea. 
Alec sped away into the fields. To think that 
nil tlieso old familiar places would one day be 
l^lorified by her presence ! that the daisies would 
|j?nd beneath the foot of the goddejw! and the 
crcrlasting hills put on a vail of tenderness from 
the reflex radiance of her regard I A flush of 
summer mantled over tlie face of nature, the i\ uxh 
of a deeper snmmer than that of the year — uf the 
joy that lies at the heart of all summoi-s. Fur a 
wliolo week of hail, sleet, and ** watery sun- 
beams** followed, and yet in the eyes uf Alec the 
lice of nature still glowed. 

When, after long expectation, the day nrrivctl. 
Alec could not rest. lie wandered alKtut all day, 
haunting hiii mother as she prepared his room fur 
Kate, harrying away with a sudden scum of the 
propriety of indiflTerence, and hurraing bock on 
some cunning pretext, while his mother smiled to 
herself at his eagerness and the transparency of 
hii artifice. At length, as the hour drew near, 
bo conhl restrain himself no longer. He rushed 
to the stable, saddled his pony, which was in 
nearly aa high spirits as himself, and gaUojied off 
to meet the mail. Tho sun was nearing tho 
west ; m iligbt shower had Just fallen ; the thanks 
of tbe thinty earth were ascending in odor ; and 
the fdnd was too gentle to shake the drops from 



the leaves. To Alec, the wind uf his own speed 
was the river that bore her toward him ; tho 
odors were wafted from her approach ; and the 
sunset sleepiness around was the exhaustion of 
tho region that longed for her Cythoraean pros** 
ence. 

At last, as he turned a comer of the rood, there 
was the coach ; and ho had just time to wliccl lii« 
pony about before it was up with him. A littl.i 
gloved hand greeted him; the window was l-jt. 
down; and the face he had been lunging fur 
shone out lovelier than ever. There was nu in- 
side passenger but herself ; and, leaning with on (^ 
hand on the coach door,ho rode alongside till they 
drew near the place where tho gig was waiting 
for them, when ho dashed on, gave his pony to 
the man, was ready to help her as soon as tho 
cuach stopped, and so drove her home in triumph 
to his mother. 

Where the conch stop|)ed, on the opi>osite side 
of the way, a grassy field, which fell like a mantle 
from the shoulders of a hill crowned with firs, 
8lo|)ed down to tho edge of the road. From tbe 
coach the sun was hidden behind a thick clum]} 
of trees, but his rays, now red with rich age, 
flowed in a wide stream over the grass, and shone 
on an old Scotch fir which stood a yard or tv,-o 
from the highway, making its red bark glow liko 
the )K)ols which the prophet saw in the desert. 
At the foot of this tree sat Tibbie Dyster; an*! 
frum her red cluakthe level sun-tide was tlirowii 
Imek in gorgeous glt>ry ; so that the eyeless wom- 
an, who only felt the warmth of tho great ui!>, 
s(.'cmcd, in her effulgence of luminous red, to b.^ 
the light-fountain whence that torrent of rubes- 
ccncc burst. From her it streamed up tho sieiii 
and along the branches of the glowing fir ; from 
licr it streamed over the radiant gniss of the up- 
^lupiug field awny toward the western sun. But 
the only one who saw the splendor was a shoe- 
maker, who rubbed his nminy hands together, and 
felt happy without knowing why. 

Alec would have found it difiicult to say 
whether or not he had seen the red cloak. But 
from the shadowy side of it there were eyes shin- 
ing upon him, with a deeper and truer, if with a 
calmer, or, say, colder devotion, than that with 
which he regarded Kate. The most powerful 
ravs that fall from the sun are neither those of 
color nor those of heat. Annie sat by Tibbie's 
side — the side away frum tho sun. If the East 
and the West might take human shape— come 
forth in their Oreads from their hill-tops, and 
meet half way between — there they were scateil 
side by side : Tibbie, old, scarred, blind Tibbie, 
was of the west and the sunset, tlie centre of a 
blood-red splendor ; cold, gentle Annie, with her 
dark hair, blue eves, and the sad wisdom of her 
pule face, was of the sun-deserted east, between 
whose gray clouds, faintly smiling back the rosi- 
ness of the sun*s triumphal death, two or three 
cold stars were waiting to glimmer. 

Tibbie hod come out to bask a little, and, in 
the dark warmth of the material sun, to worship 
that sun whoso light she saw in the hidden worlJ 
of her heart, and who is the sun of all the worlds ; 
to breathe the air, which, Uirough her prison- 
liars, spoke of freedom ; to give herself room t". 
long fur the hour when tho loving Father would 
take her out of the husk which infolded her, and 
say to her — " 5ee, my child" With the rest of 
the trnvailing CTea^oii, «\i«^* va ^stQ^xckX^v^'OL^^^^^ 



84 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



ful pain — not in the pain of the mother, bat in 
the pain of the child, soon to be forgotten in the 
following rest. 

If my younger readers want to follow Kate and 
. Alec home, they will take it for a symptom of the 
chill approach of ''unlovely age," that I say to 
them — ''We will go home with Tibbie and An- 
nie, and hoar what they say. I like better to 
tell yon about ugly blind old Tibbie than about 
beautiful young Kate. But you shall have your 
turn. Do not think that we old people do not 
care for what you care for. Wo want more than 
you want — a something without which what you 
like I>cst can not last.** 

"What did the coch stop for, Annie, lass?*' 
asked Tibbie, rb soon as the mail had driven on. 

"It's a lady gaein to Mistress Forbes's at 
Howglcn. '* 

"Hoo ken ye that?" 

' ' Cause Alec Forbes rade oot to meet her, and 
Fvnc took her hame i'tho gig." 

" Ay ! ay ! I thought I heard mair nor the 
ordinar nummer o* horse-feet ns the coch cam' 
up. He 's a braw lad, that Alec Forbes — isna 
he?" 

" Ay is he," answered Annie, sndly ; not from 
joalousy, for her admiration of Alec was from 
afar ; but as looking up from purgatorial exclu- 
hion to the paradise of Howglcn, wlicrc the beau- 
tiful lady would have all Mrs. Forbes, and Alec 
too, to herself^ 

The old woman caught the tone, but misintcr- 
prcted it. 

" I doobt,** she said, " ho winna get ony guid 
lit that college.'* 

" What for no ?'* returned Annio. " I was at 
the school wi' him, and never saw onv thing to 
tin' fau't wi*.** 

' ' Ow na, lassie. Ye had naething to do fin*in' 
fiurt wi' him. His father was a doui*e man, an* 
luny be a God-fearin* roan, though he made but 
.vma' ])rofcssion. I think we 're wliiles ower sair 
ni>o* some o* them that promises little, and may 
be docs the mair. Ye min* what ve read to me 
ufore we cam* oot thegither, aboot the lad that 
said till *8 father Iffo not ; but afterward he repent- 
Cil and gacd ?** 

"Ay." 

" Wcel, I think we '11 g.injj hame noo." 

They rose, and went, hand in hand, ox-er the 
bridge, and round the end of its parapet, and down 
the steep descent to the cottage at its foot, Tibbie*s 
clonk sltining all the way, but, now that the sun 
was down, with a chastened radiance. W*^hen she 
had laid it aside, and wos seated on her low 
wooden chair wjthin reach of her spinning- 
wheel — 

" Noo," said Tibbie, " ye *11 jist read a chapter 
till me, lassie, sforc ye gang hame, nnd syne I s* 
gang to my bed. Blin'ness is a sair savin* o' 
csBles.** 

Sbe forgoc that it was summer, when, in those 
■orrfcem regiofui, the night has no time to gather 
leibre the son is flashing again in the east. 

The ehapter Annie chose was the ninth of St. 
John's ffCMpel, about Jesus curing the man blind 
§nm his birth. When she had finished, Annie 



**lfieiita» be enre yon, Tibbie, gin ye spierod 

•^MfwA^ht^mnd ay will he,'* answered Tib- 
'% '^M'^mfyjfm Wte' bis Hmc. But I'm 



thinkin' he 11 cure me better yet nor he cored 
that blin* man. He *11 jitft tak* the body off o* 
me a'thegither, and syne I *11 see, no wi' een like 
yours, but wi' my haill speeritual body. Ye min' 
that verse i' the prophecees o* Ezakiel : I ken 't 
weel by hert. It says — 'And their whole 
boady, and their backs, and their han*s, and their 
wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes roon mboot, 
even the wheels that they four had.' Isna that 
a gran' text ? I wiss Mr. Tumbnll wad tak* it into 
his heid to preach frae that text sometime afore it 
comes, which winna be that lang, I'm thinkin*. 
The wheels '11 be stoppin* at my door or lang.** 

" What gars ye think that, Tibbie ? There *s 
no sign o'deith aboot you, I* m sure," said An- 
nie. 

" Weel, ye see, I canna weel say. Blin' fowk 
somehoo kens mair nor ither fowk aboot thing*- 
that the sicht o* the een has unco little to do wi*. 
But never min*. I 'm willin' to bide i' the dark 
as lang as He likes. It 's eneuch for ony bairn 
to ken that its father *s stan'in* i* the lic'ht, and 
seoin' a* aboot him, and sae weel able to guide 
hit, though it kensna whaur to set doon its i\t 
neist. And I wat He 's i' the licht. Ye min* 
that bit aboot the Lord pittin' Moses intil n rl ;*c 
o* the rock, and syne covcrin* him wi' his hi.i/ 
till he was by him ?** 

" Ay, fine that," answered Annie. 

" Weel, I canna help thinkin' whiles, that the 
dark aboot me *s jist the how o' the Lord*s han* ; 
and I *m like Moses, only wi* i\m difllbr, that 
whan the Lord tak's his han' afT o* mc, it *11 be to 
lat mc luik i' the face o' him, and no to lat mc 
see only his black pairts, which was a' that he 
had the sicht o' ; for ye see Moses was i* the 
body, and cudna bide the sicht o* the face o' 
God. I daursay it wad hae blin' 't him. I hac 
heard that ower mucklo licht *11 ca fowk blin* 
whiles. What think vc, lassie ?" 

"Ay; the liehtnin^blin's fowk whiles. And 
gin I Inik straucht at the sun, I can sec nothing 
efter'tfor a while." 

"I tell ye sac !" exclaimed Tibbie triumph- 
antlv. " And do vo min' the vcesion that the 
apostle John saw in Pawtmos? I reckon he 
micht hae thocht lang there, a' him lane, gin it 
hadna been for the bonnie things, and the gran* 
things, and the terrible things 'at the Lord loot 
him see. They war gran' sichts ! It was the 
veesion o* the Saviour himsel' — Christ himsel' ; 
anil he snys that his coontenance was as the snn 
shineth in his strength. What think ye o* that, 
laKs!" 

This was not a question, but an exulting ex- 
clamation. The vbion in Patmos proved thnt 
although Moses roust not see the face of God 
because of its brightness, a more favored prophet 
might have the vision. And Tibbie, who had a 
share in the privileges of the new covenant, who 
was not under the law like Moses, but under 
grace like John, would one day see the rail of 
her blindness shrivel away from before her decid- 
er eyes, burnt up by the glory of that face of 
God, which is a consuming fire. I suppose that 
Tibbie was right in the main. But was it not 
another kind of brightness, a brightness without 
efiTulgence, a brightness grander and more glori- 
ous, shining in love and patience, and tender- 
ness and forgiveness and excuse, that Moses was 
unfit to sec, becansc ho was not well able to un- 
derstand it, until, ages after, he descended fruxn 



ALEC FOUBES OF IIOWGLEN. 






hooTcn upon tho Mount of Trunsnguration, and 
the huroblo win of God went up from tlio lower 
earth to meet him there, and talk with him face 
to faeo as a man with hii friend ? 

Annie went home to her garret. It was a 

singular experience the child had in the changes 

that came to her with the seasons. The winter 

with its frosts and bitter winds brought her a 

home at Ilowglen ; the summer, wliose airs were 

molten kisses, took it away, and gave her tho 

face of nature instead of the face of a human 

mother. For the snug little chamber in which 

she heard with a quiet exultation the fierce rush 

of tho hail-scattenng tempest against tho win- 

dow, or the fluffy fall of tho snow-flakes, like 

hands of fairy babies patting the glass, and fun- 

cicd herself out in the careering storm, hovering 

on the wings of tho wind over tho house in 

which she lay soft and warm — slie hod now the 

(;.irret room,' in which the curtainless bed, with 

its bare poles, looked like a vessel in distress nt 

KA, and through the roof of which the winds 

found easy way. Bat the winds were warm 

now, and through the sky-light iIks sunbeams iU 

Inininated tho floor, showing all the rat-holes 

and wretchedness of decay. 

Tiiere was comfort out-of-doors in the dnj-timc 
—in the sky and tho fields and all the *' goiiigH- 
on of life.**' And this night, after tliin talk with 
Tibbie, Annie did not much mind going back to 
tlic garret. Nor did she lie awake to think 
ahont tlio beautiful lady Alec had taken home 
viih him. 

And she dreamed again that she saw the Son 
of Man. There was a vail over his fiico like the 
rail that Moses wore, but the face was so bright 
chat it almost melted the vail away, and she saw 
what made her love that face more than the 
piesmee of Alec, more than the kindness of Mrs. 
Forli-.*ii or of Dowie, more than the memory of 
ber fAthor. 



CIIA1»TER XLVIir. 

Alec did not fall asleep so soon. The thought 
tliBt Kats was in the house — asleep in the next 
IWMB, kept him awake. Yet he woke the next 
momiiig earlier than usual. There were bands 
of golden light upon the wall, though Kate 
voiild not be awake for hours yet. 

He arimng out of bed, and ran to the banks 
of tho Glamour. Upon tlie cold morning stream 
ilie sunrays fell slanting and gentle. lie ]4unged 
in, and washed the dreams from his eyes with a 
Jtre, and a swim under water. Then he rose to 
the surface and swam slowly about under the 
orerhanging willows, and earthy banks hollowed 
l>y the river*! flow into cold damp caves, up into 
fho bro«-n shadows of which the water cast a 
flickering shimmer. Then he dres!se<i himself, 
jind lay down on the meadow grass, each blade 
nt which shadowed its neighbor in the slant sun- 
l^gfcl. Cool as it still was with the coldness of 
the ranished twilight, it yet felt warm to his 
hare feet, freah from the waters that had crept 
down through the night fVom the high moor- 
Undo. Ho fell fut asleep, and the sheep came 
and fed aboDt him, as if he had been one of 
tliemaelTes. When he woke, the sun was high ; 
and when he reached the house, he found his 
mother and Kate alrcadr seated nt breakfast — 



Kate in the prettiest of cotton dresses, looking 
as fresh and country-like as the morning itself. 
The window was open, and through the encir- 
cling ivy, as through a filter of shadows, the 
air came fresh and cool. Beyond the shadow 
of the house lay the sunshine, a warm sea of 
brooding glory, of still iK>wer ; not the power of 
flashing into storms of splendor beneath strange 
winds, but of waking up and cherishing to 
beauty the shy life that lay hidden in all re- 
motest corners of the teeming earth. 

** What are you going to do with Kate to- 
day. Alec ?" said his mother. 

'** Whatever Kate likes," answered Alec. 

" I have no choice," returned Kate. ** I don't 
know yet what I ha%'e to chose between. I nm 
in your hands, Alec." 

it was the first time she had called him by 
his name, and a spear of sunshine seemed to 
quiver in his heart. He was restless as a hyena 
till she was ready. lie then led her to the 
banks of the river, here low and grassy, witli 
plenty of wild flowers, and a low babblement 
cven'wherc. 

" This is delightful," said Kate. " I will come 
here ns often as vou like, and you shall read to 
me.'' 

** What shall I read ? Would vou like one of 
Sir Walter's novels ?- 

"Jnst the thing." 

Alee started at full speed for the house. 

" Stop," cried Kate. •* You are not going t:) 
leave nie nione beside this — talking water ?" 

** I thought you liked the water," said Alec. 

"Yes. But I don't want to be left alone b«> 
side it. I will go with you, and get some work." 

She turned awav from the stream with .1 
strange backward look, and they walked home. 

But OS Kate showed some disinclination to 
return to the river side, Alec put a sent for her 
near tho house in the shadow of a silver birch, 
and threw himself on the gross at her feet. 
There he began to read **Tlic Antiquar\',"only 
Iialf understanding it, in the enchantment of 
knowing that he was lying at her feet, and had 
only to look up to see her eyes. At noon, Mrs. 
Forbes sent them a dish of curds, and a grcnt 
jug of cream, with oat-cakes, and butter soft from 
the churn ; and the rippling shadow of the birch 
played mer the white curds and the golden 
butter ns tliev ate. 

Am I not now fairly afloat upon the gentle 
stream of an idyl? Shall I watch the bankn 
ns they glide past, and record each fairy-heodcd 
flower that looks at its image in the wave ? Or 
shall I mow them down and sweep them togeth'.-r 
in a sentence ? 

I will gather a few of tho flowers, and loav ». 
the rest. But first I will make a remark or two 
uiMin the young |)eopIe. 

Those among my readers who have had the 
happiness to lead innocent boy-lives, \/ill know 
what n marvelous delight it was to Alec to have 
this girl near him in his own home and his own 
haunts. He never speculated on her character 
or nature, any more than Hamlet did al>ont 
those of Ophelia before he was compelled to 
doubt womankind. His own principles were 
existent only in a latent condition, undeveloped 
from good impulses and kind sentiments. For 
in«»tance : he wotild help any one wUowi tv^csssaVj 
happened to m;\kc tvw \toytcs&\ow vv^^Vvk^^XsjoX 



^f^ 



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8G 



ALEC FORBES OF H0W6LEN. 



be nerer took pains to enter into the feelings of 
others — to understand them from their own 
point of view: he never had said to himself, 
'* That is another me.** 

Correspondent to this condition were some of 
Kate's theories- of life and its duties. 

Tlio question cnme up, whether a certain 
hidy in fiction had done right in running awajr 
with her lover. Mre. Forbes made a rather de- 
cided remark on the subject. Kate said nothing, 
but her face glowed. 

<'Tcll ns what you think about it, Katie,** 
said Mrs. Forbes. 

Kate was silent for a moment. Then with 
the air of a martyr, from whom the rack can 
only extort a fuller confession of his faith — 
though I fear she hnil nu <lce|)cr gospel at the 
root of it tlum Byron luid brought her — slie an- 
swered — 

''^I tliink a woman must give up every thing 
for love.*' 

Slic was then precisely of the same opinion as 
Jean Paul's Linda in *• Titan.** 

"That is very true, I dare say,** said Mrs. 
Forbes ; ^*but I fear you mean only ono kind of 
love. Does a woman owe no love to her fatbor 
or mother because she has a lover ?'* 

To this plain question Kate made no reply, 
btit her look changed to one of obstinacy. 

llcr mother died when she was u child, and 
her father had kept himself shut up in his study, 
leaving her chiefly to the care of a Shetland 
nurse, who told lier Scandinavian stories from 
liioniiug till night, with invention ever ready to 
su])p1y any blank in the tablets of her memory. 

Alec tliought his mother's opinion the more to 
I'O np))rovcd^ and Kate's the more to bo ad- 
r.iiivti ; showing the lack of entireness in his 
nntiu'c, by thus dissociating the good and the 
lulniirablc. That which is best can not be less 
ttdniirablo than that which is not best. 



CHAPTER XLIX. 

TiiK next (lay saw Alee walking by the sido 
of Kate mounted on his pony, up a steep path 
to the top of one of the highest hilb surround- 
ing the valley. It was a wild hill, with hardly 
any thing growing on it but heather, which 
would make it regal with purple in the autumn : 
ni> tree could stand the blasts that blew over 
that hill in winter. Ilaving climbed to the top- 
most point, they stood and ^azcd. The country 
lay outstretched beneath in the glow of the 
June dav, while around them flitted the cool 
airs of heaven. Above them rose the soaring 
blue of the Jane sky, with a white cloud or two 
lloating in it, and a blue peak or two leaning its 
color against it. Through the green grass and 
I he green corn below crept two silvery threads, 
meeting far away and flowing in one — ^the two 
rivers which watered the valley of Strnthglamour. 
n.>tv.-cen the rivers lay the gray stone town, with 
irs roofs of thatch and slate. One of its main 
strcc>ts stopped suddenly at the bridge with the 
three arches al)Ove Tibbie's cottage ; and at the 
other end of the bridge lay the green fields. 

The landscape was not one of the most iMjan- 
tifuK hut it had a bcautv of its own. which is all 
s cottntrj or a woman needs ; and Kate sat gaz- 



ing about her in evident delight. She had taken 
off her hat to feel the wind, and her hair fell in 
golden heaps apon her shoulders, and the wind 
and the sunbeams played at hide-and-seek in it. 

In a moment the pleasure vanished from her 
face. It clouded over, while the country lay 
full in the sun. Her eyes no longer looked 
wide abroad, butexpressed defeat and retirement. 
Listlessly she began to gather her hair together. 

**^Do you ever feel as if you conkl not get 
room enongh. Alec?'* she saitl, wearily. 

**No, I aon*t,**he answered, honestly and stu- 
pidly. *^I have always as much as I want. I 
should have thought yon would — up here.*' 

*' I did feel satisfied for a moment ; but it was 
only a moment. It is all gone now. I shall 
never have room enough.'* 

Alec had nothing to say in reply. He never 
had any thing to give Ivate but love ; and now 
he gave her more love. It was all he was rich 
in. But she did not care for his riches. And 
so, after gazing a while, she turned toward the 
descent. Alec picked up her hat, and took his 
place at the pony's head. Ho was nut so happy 
as he had thought he should be. Somehow she 
was of another order, and he could not under- 
stand her — he could only worship her. 

The whole of the hot afternoon they spent on 
the gross, whose mottling of white clover filled 
the wandering airs with the odors of the honey of 
Hymettus. And after tea Kate sang, ond Alec 
drank every tone as if his soul lived by hearing. 

In this region the sun works long after hours 
in the summer, and they went out to see him go 
down weary. They leaned together over the 
gate and looked at the level glory, which now 
bnmed red and dim. Lamp of life, it bums all 
night long in the eternal night of the univense; 
to chase the ]>rimeval darkness from the great 
entrance hall of the *^ human mortals." 

**What a long shadow every thing throws!" 
said Kate. '* When the shadows gather all to- 
gether, and melt in:o one, then it is night. Look 
how the light creeps about the roots of the grass 
on the ridge, as if it were looking for something 
between the shadows. They are both going to 
die. Now they begin.** 

The sun diminished to a star — a spark of 
crimson fire, and vanished. As if he had sunk 
in a pool of air, and made it overflow, a gentle 
ripple of wind blew from the sunset over the 
grass. They could see the grass bending and 
swaying ana bathing in its coolness before it 
came to them. It blew on their faces at length* 
and whispered something they could not under- 
stand, making Kate think of her mother, and 
Alec of Kate. 

Now that same breeze blew npon Tiblne and 
Annie, as they sat in the patch of meadow by 
the cottage, bi'twoen the river and the iitster^s 
dam. It made Tibbie think of death, the o|)«n- 
er of sloepin;; cyeis the uplifter of hanging hands. 
For Tibbie's darkness was the shadow of ber 
grave, on the farther border of which the Qcht 
was breaking in music. Death and resurrae&Mi 
were the same thing to blind old Tibbie. 

When the gentle, washing w^nd blew npon 
Annie, she thonght of the wind that bloweth 
where it listeth ; and that, if ever the spirit of 
God blew upon her, she would feel it just like 
that wind of summer sunset— so cool, so hlogs"4l, 
so gentle, so living! And was it not Gud that 



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breathed that wind upon her? Wai ho not even 
tbeo breathing hid spirit into the soul of that 
woman-child ? 

It blenr upon Andrew Constable, as he stood 
in hii shop door, the easy labor of hid day all 
lint OTcr. And he said to his little wcnscUfuccd, 
douetj old-fashioned child, who stood leaning 
against the other door-cheek — 

"That *s a Ane caller bit blastic, Isie ! Pinna 
re like to fin' *t blawin* ujio* ycr bet cliccks, daiv- 
tie r 
And she answered — 

"Ay, I like it wcel, daddio ; bat it min's me 
some apo* the winter." 

And Andrew looked anxiously at the pale face 
of his ehild, who, at six years old, in the month 
of Jane, had no business to know that there was 
any winter. II ut she was the child of elderly 
parents, and had not been bom in time ; so that 
•be was now in reality about twenty. 

It blew upon Robert Bruce, who had jnst run 
out into the yard^ to see how his potatoes and 
cabbages were coming on. Ho said — 

" It "s some cauld,*' and ran in again to put on 
his hat. 

Akc and Kate, I have said, stood looking into 
rho darkening field. A great ilock of rooks, 
which filled the air with their rooky gossip, was 
fifing straight home to an old gray ruin just vis- 
* ibia among some ancient trees. They had been 
guhering worms and grubs all day, and now it 
«u bedcims. They felt, through all their black 
ftithera, the coolness of that evening breeze 
iriiieh came from the cloudy mausoleum already 
bolh cnrer the grave of the down-gone sun. 

Kale bearing them rejoicing far overhead, 
nuehed for them in the darkeninji sky, found 
thopb And watched their flight, till the black 
ff&tfM were dissolved in the distance. They are 
not tbo moat poetic of birds, but in a darkening 
coutry twilight, over silent fields, tlicy blend 
iaiB Ine general tone, till even their noisy caw 
repose. But it was room Kate wanted, 
resL She would know one day, however, 
Toom and rest are the same, and that the 
IgUffimg^ fior both spring from the same need. 
*' What place is that in the trees?" she asked. 
'*Tha old Castle of Glamcrton," answered 
Alec '* Would yon like to go and see ii ?'* 
"Yet; very much." 
•* We '11 go to-morrow, then." 
*'Tho dew is beginning to f.iH, KaU-'-.'* said 
XfB. Forbes, who now joined tliuni. ** Yuu had 
better como in.** 

Alee lingered behind. An unknown emotion 
drew his heart toward the earth. He would kcc 
ber f|0 lo sleep in the twilight, which was nuw 
bof^inning to brood over her, as with the brown 
win^s of a lovely dull-hued hcn-hinl. The daU 
net were all asleep^ spotting the green grnsM with 
ttan of carmine; for their closed red tips, like 
the ftnger-points of two fairy hands, tendcrly 
joined together, pointed up m little cones to 
keep the yellow stars warm within, that they 
might shine bright when the great star of day 
eamo lo look for them. The light of the down- 
gone Min^ the garment of Aurora, which, so 
short would be her rest, she had not drawn 
cioea aroand her on her couch, floated up on the 
horixoo, and swept slowly northward, lightly up- 
borne on that pale sea of delicate green and 
goLli lo flicker all night around the northern 



coast of the sky, and, streaming up in the hcav< 
ens, melt at last in the glory of the uprisen 
Titan. The trees stood still and shadowy ns 
clouds, but breathing out mysterious odors. 
The stars overhead, half molten away in the 
ghostly light that would not go, were yet busy 
at their night-work, ministering to the dark 
sides of tlio other worlds. There vms no moon. 
A wide stillness and peace, as of a heart nt rest, 
filled space, and lying upon the human souls 
with a iieraistcnt quietness that might be felt, 
mode them know what mghl be theirs. Now 
and then n bird sprang out with a sudden tre- 
mor of leaves, suddenly stilled. But the bats 
came and went in silence, like feelings yet un- 
cmbodied in thoughts, vanishing before the sight 
had time to bo startled at their appearing. All 
was marvel. And the marvel of uU was there 
— where the light glimmered faintly through the 
foliage. He a])proached the house with an awe 
akin to that with which an old poetic Kg\'ptian 
drew near to the chamber of tho goddess Isis. 

Ho entered, and his Isis was laughing merrily. 

In the morning, great sun-crested clotids with 
dark sides hung overhead ; and while they snt 
at breakf;ist, one of those glorious showers, each 
of whose great dro]>s carries a sun-spark in its 
heart, fell on the walks with a tumult of gentle 
noises, and on tho grass almost as silently as if 
it had been another mossy cloud. The leaves 
of the i^-y hanging over tho windows quivered 
and shook, each for itself, beneath the dro)>s ; 
and between the drops, one of which would have 
beaten him to tho earth, wound and darted in 
safety a great humble bee. 

Kate and Alec went to the open window and 
looked out on the rainy world, bre.nthing ihj 
odors released from the gross and tlie ground. 
Alec turned from the window to Kiitu*8 faco, 
and saw upon it a keen, yet solemn delight. 
But as he gazed, ho saw a cloud come over it. 
The arched npficr lip dropped sadly upon tho 
other, and she looked troubled and cold. In- 
stinctively he glanced out again for tho cause. 
The rain had become thick and small, and a 
light opposing wind disordered its descent with 
broken and crossing lines. 

This change from a summer to n winter rain 
Iiad altered Kate*s mood, and her face wiis now, 
ns always, a reflex of the face of nature. 

**Shut the window, please, Alec,** she 8:iiJ, 
with a shiver. 

** We'll hjive a fire directly,** said Alec. 

** No, no,** relumed Knto, trying to smile. 
*' Just fetch mo a shawl from the closet in my 
room." 

Alec had not been in hi^ own room since Kate 
cnme. lie entered it with a kind of gentle awe, 
and stood just within the door, gazing as if re- 
buked. 

From a pair of tiny shoes under the dressing- 
table, radiated a whole roomful of feiuiuiiy. 
He wns almost afraid to go farther, and woulil 
not have d:iri*d to hiok in the mirror. In tlire ' 
days her mere pn^sence had made tho room mar- 
velous. 

Recovering himself, he hastened to tho closer, 
got the shawl, and went down the stairs three 
steps at a time. 

•» Couldn't yon find it. Alec?** said Kate. 

** Oh ! yes; I found it at once,** answered 
Alec, blushing to t\\e cjeift. 



& XUEC FOKBES OF BOWGLEX. 



tM Ifcnr iilfldu Bb: it don not 

&e liid Jdc4 npitiarfT j< Ids fur a 

Jmc kd> me 'vi^ sr slisvl 



CHAFTC8 L. 




I>r&aEG aUtlds tisK, Amaat bad 
sar tJkd&c </ k«r asoit Kai^puci 
JEDrer naoe Bmee itad <<liMl<i d her, 
Mos cif iiter fett riBt, liie had takes her 
dtfrviicfe, aad had serer cvva called to 

aueee. Ajmie liad met her wend tiaet ia the > ^^It^sover klefbr^tD 
c:rMi, and that vaf alL Hcaee, «■ cee of the davtie,** Hid the old 
Ilstt afiteraiWMf </ that ananaSr fine Maimer, I ^I"^ aae that flert,' 
aad fianir, uethMfm, froa mtmm^ the kiadaetfi ** Weel, jria re valk vT HIbl the mirk H be 



</ Jul. ^«w, Aaxiie toc4L a kmsiag to me her lirbt aboot je," saidhe, takia^ rffblfHisblaBd 
di aam, and mt out fur Oi^fytmsine to rkix boaoet, aad lookiiis ap vitb a tSevt 



her. It vaf a valk cf tvo auJei, rhacAr al>jtig of the care cf Him. *' Be a ^nde laMt,** be 
the bijCh ruad, l^jrdered in part br a«<»il A r teamed, rcphniig bk bnonct, ** sa* lia bai 
lAMStMii'/Ok, TUhac^ thif rix tuaertd aUmfi, feu. 's re can. Gndr-nirbt to re. daatic* 
<ai|g>Ti»g the f.nr aild fi<rrtn and the raanr Br|uirtnf( as if she had fimnd her 
fil^iit* and fh*dcfVf, to that it vas ahnort eren- home, Annie vent out into the deep |:hMunin 
mifi btifjrc fhe reached ber dLftinatJon. f^din^ it impocnble she dioald he frlghtm- 

^* VnM/arrt'§ a' I Aonis Anienon, whatbriogB cdatanjtbiai;. Bat vhen she rame to the pan <if 
re here this tune o* ti^bt 7^ eiLu-laimed her aaar. the road bordered vith trecK, riie cooU not help 

*^ It '# a lang tlmn Ma I «aw re, aimtie, and I Cmcrins ^he mm a fignie flixtia;: ^oaf: fiom tree 
vxniic u* me re.** ' to tree jnrt vhhin the deeper dask of the vood, 

** W«el« emftc Uott tb? li^x^M*. Te 're ptnrin' I and m she bnrried on, fitncr grev to §cmr. l*rea- 
a ^"at uatiddc qaean," sat J bcr aun% iodtned '. entlr she heard avfol soaads. like the snbdned 
iu a far</rabk; crmi»idcratkm </ b?r by b'^r gfxnrtb. ; groirfinss of aild beasts. She voold hare taken 

M^riipsret ^' di Jna like bairiM — mens?l;3« cm- ' to her boeb in terror, hot >ibe reflected that ther»> 
tun — ar« vautiu' itber i^wk to di f ^r then !** j hr she vonld onhr ensore pnruiit, frbcrras she 
It. It gr*mU was a kiud c^ regcazraiing prorest might slip mwmr nnperreiTed. As she reach ed 
in Ikt i^^^ and wbcm a girl began to locik like -.a stik* leading into the wood, boarcrer, a dnriEj 
u iroman, i»!>e re;:ar Jed it as an oa:vanl sign v-f ' ftfrure came bnanding over it, and adraneed 
eonvcr*i(>n, or ufmeihing oqoallr ralnaM'*. So toward her. To her relief^ it went on two legs ; 
site tx/iKiucted her into the prescnc.' of her uncle, and when it came ncaTcr ^he tbnrgfat she rec- 
a bule old tnan, worn and bent, r.iih pnr locks ognised some traits of old acquaintance ahont 
poq/mj: oat from under a Iligliland bonnet. it. When it was within a couple of rards of her, 

*' Till* in my britber Jeatnes** bairn,** slie said. ' as she still pursued bcr war toward Glamerton, 

Til? old man reocired her kindlr, called her she stopped and cried out jorfallr — 
hi* tiamie, and made her sit down bj him on a ■ ^'Carlr !" — for it was bcr old rioo-cliampioD. 
tbre'w' • Utfy^ed cretf/ir^ talking to bcr as if she bad , *' Annie !** was the equally joj-fnl renionse. 
tx^rti <|tiitc a cbiid, while she, capable of high ; ** I thocht re was a wild be&s't !** said Annie, 
eonrcne as slie was, replied in corresponding i " I was onir groirlin* for fun to mx-ser,** an^ 
terms. Her great-aunt was confined to bcr bed ' swcrcd Corlr,' who would bare dcoc* it all the 
with rb'sumatism. Supper was preparing, and ' more if he had known there was anr one on the 
Annie wns not forrj to bare a share, for indeed, i road. ** I didna ken *at I was fleggiV onybody. 
durin;; the sarom^, her meals were often scanty ' An* hoo arc ye, Annie? An* boo *s Blister 
en'>ogh. While tliey ate, the old man ke)>t Brnce ?*" 

Itelpiug Iter to the best, talking to her all the | For Curly was dreadfully prolifie in nick- 
tim^*. ! names. 

** Will yc no come and bide wi* me, dawtic?'* , Annie had not seen him f. r six months. He 
he hsihl, meaning little Iiy the quesnon. ' had continued to show himself m> full of mischief, 

"Nil, na,** answered Margaret for iKfr. "She's though of a comparatirely innocent sort, that 
nt til'; ii<L'huh, ye ken, uncle, and we mannna in- liis father thought it betto* at last to send him 
i<;rf -re wi' h"r scho<)Un*. Ifo'i docs that Icoin' to a town at some distance to learn the trade of 
t.d, lUAy.'ri Bruce, carry liim^ter to yc, liaim ?** ] a snddler, for which he had shown a preference. 

**i)vrl I ji»t never min* him,** aniiwcrcd An- ■ This was his first visit to his home. Hitherto 

his father had rereired no complnints of hit be- 

*• Wccl, it *s a' he dcKrrres at your linn*. B it havior, and hnd now begged a holiday. 
I war you, I wad let him ken ihni gin he "Yc*re grown sair, Annie,"* he said. 

r« your corn yc hac a richi to raiiher mair ** Snc arc ve, Curlr,** answered Annie. 

/ his gleaninii.*' " An* hoo's Aloe?" 

♦* I dinna ken what yc mean,** answered An- ' " He *s verra wecl.'* 
i**' ! Whereupon much talk followed, which need 

•* Ow I na ; I daunay no. But yc may ji«t not be recorded. At length Curly said-^ 
M wecl ken doo, thxu that ted, Robert Bruce, < *'And hoo*s the rottans?" 



ALEC FUltBES OF liUWGLEN. 



"OiTcr weel and ihrivin'." 

"Jilt pil rer han' i' my coat-poocli, and ice 
lifti 1 hoD biTjuchi ve." 

Knowing Curly's (iropcniiiic^ Annin refilled. 

" It 'b b Willi bcasl," suid Ciirlv. -■! '11 Int it 
'dot npo' je. It wu it 'at mado a' ihni roariu' i' 
lite planiin'." 

Ha sayint-, he patted out of liia porkeC the most 
dulicata tunoiio-ihell kitten, not lialf the beaiiiy 
<if rt lilch coiild bo perceived in the elonniin, nhicli 
b all llie northern iiimiDer night. lie ihrew it 
lit Annie, but die had aecn cnoneh not to be 
ulVaid to catch it in her ]iand». 

"Did TS fcaa till* a' tlie rornl frno Siiinnie to 
«Be,CQrljr7" 

■'Av did I, Annie. Va kjo t dinnn like mt- 
l.in<^ 'Bat ye ninun linud it mit o' tliuir guit fur 
tt fcDW woeka, or they 'II rira 'i a' to biti. It 'II 
be a match for ihcm ihougli, I ■' n-arron'. 



akllliii 



>ed." 



Annie tiKik the kitten hum?, and i( sliurad Iicr 
bedlhfltnigbt. 
"Whnt'silinlm-ow]in?'"cwk«inru«!ilioncxt 

monrinp, th3 momotii bo rwe I'rtim ihc ijciiu- 

flwifan of momiiiB jimycre. 

(wDTod Annie. "I'll 

Int yo 100 't." 

" Wo hao ovrer in"nr mon't i' the lionso nl- 
id^," laiil Driice, iii >Imi rciiirnod wiih the litilo 
ennc baby-aniinnl ill herarmn. " WcUacnnc 

_ M) for mVir. Il.'n;, lliili, tuk' ilio cratnr, an' 

Kfta tow ■bsnitti neck, an'nilHaelolhatow, on' 
Ini't into the Glamour." 
Annie, not waiiins >o [«irlcr, darted from thv 
* me with iha kitten. 

" Rfn cftor her, Hib," mil Dnico, " on' tak' it 
ihu h;r, and druun 'L Wu canna bae the liooaa 
^nrnitn'." 

Bob bulled af er Iicr, dclitihieil nlih hii eom- 
nUdon. But instead of flndlni; her at the door, 
Iri h« haii expect*), he hiw her alroadv a long 



a 



hK-li 
[reel road tn 



Ijheli: 



t iho 



and Itu1> kept flounder- 
. _ eroncl>edlb«fuotJiriilBe 

•Iw was nearly hroniblEM, and he w*» gaining 
fiut upon her. Jdm na ithe turned the corner of 
the rond, londlni: up on the nihnraido of iha wa- 
ter, ihs met Aloe and K^iie. irnable to apeak, 
•!ia pWMd without apfienl. But lliera waa no 
used to atk the cniuo of her pale aiiuniiod face, 
fir tlicre was younjc Bruce at her hucli, Alec 
collared him iniliinlly. 

" What are yuu ii[> to?" he aaked. 

"Niuthing,"aiuwGred the paniingpuraner, 

" Qln vc be efler nacthing. yo'U lln' that near- 
er hame," retorted Aloe, twiaiini; him roand in 
that direction, and giving him a kick to expedite 
libr^lnrn. " Iiat tne hear o' you irouhlin' Annie 
Andenon, an' I 'II irar ye lonp oot o' yer ikin ihe 
iieiit time 1 lay han'« iipD'ye, Gang hamu." 

Hub obeyed like a frighlened <ioa, while An- 
nie pnnnni her conne lo llciwglcn, *■ if her eno- 
iny uad been itlll on her tmck. Ruthing Into the 
]mrtur, (ho Ml on lh« flour before Mrt. Forbea, un- 
iilila tn inter a word. Tlio kitten ipning; mewing 
out of her arm*, and look rcAigo iimler Ihe aafn. 

" Mem, mem," aho ga*pail at length, "rak' 
e«re o' my kliilin'. Tlioy want lo droun 'I, It "i 
Biy ain. Curly gied It lo me." 



Mn>. Furlics comfurlad Iicr, and readily under- 
took the liitclap^, Annie una vary late for 
Khool, fur Mr«. Forbe* made her bnve another 
break fut before she went. But Mr. Malison waa 
in a good humor that dav, and said nathing. 
Hub Rmce looked devitg at her. What he had 
told his father, I do not know ; but whatever it 
wn*. it wat all written down in Bnice'a mental 
boukx to tlio debit of Alexander Forbes of IIow- 

Mra. Forbcs's heart Bmolo her when she funnd 
what )ioraecution her little friend was exposed 
durinf! ihoae times when her favor una pmcli- 
cally although not really withdrawn ; but she did 
' see how she could well temedy it. She waa 
self ill the power of Bmce, and' expostulatiuit 
from her would be worth little ; while to havo 
c lo the Irauso M before would invelre con- 
rnees unplenmnt to all concerned. She re- 
solved Cn make np for it by being kinder to her 
I'Vi'r ns sonn as Alec sliould have fulbwed 
__ . _ 10 llio precincts of the niiii-enity, while for 
the present the eomfurlcd both lieraclf and Annie 
liy lulling her to bo sure to cuinc lo her when she 
found hcraclf in any troublo. 

But Annia was not one l<i npplyto her friend* 

.co|it she WM in great need of iheir help. The 

L'sent cnte had been one of life and death. 

She Found no further occasion to viiill Mrf.Forbm 

before Kale nnd Alec were boiti gciuc. 



CIIAl'TEII I.[, 
■tecpy iKiiiiiiT nficnioon, just when the 
snnaliino begiiin lo Iiirn yellow, Annie was dtting 
with Tibbie on the grass in front of her Utile 
cottage, wboM door looked np the river. The 
catiago stood on a small rocky eminence at tlio 
foot of the bridge. Underneath iho approach lo 
*' from Ihe bridge, the dyer's mill-race ran by » 
, usage cut In tlie rock, leadin): lo the third arch 
of tlie bridge built over the Glamour. Towanl 
. rock went down steep to tlio llillo 
: was a triaugntar piece vl (moiKh 
RTHu iiruwing on the old bed uf the river, whk'li 
fur many years had boon leaving this skle, and 
wearing'uwHy tha opposite bank. It lay between 
iho river, the dyer's race, and the bridge, oim of 
the itone p'lei* uf which rose from it. Tlie graa* 
which grew upon it was ■hort,ihick, and delicate. 
On the oppotlie tide of the river lay a Sold for 
bleaching iho linen whleli waa the chief mann- 
nirinro of thni eonntry. Hence it enjoyed iho 
pritlleiin uf immunity from llie ploughahare. 
None of lu dailies cTcr met the fate of Burn*'* 

" tV*», laniBtt, trinwsB-llpp'l Bower," 
But Indeed so conitantly was the i;niu morm to 
keeji it •bort, thai there wni searcely a daisy to 
be seen In it, Iho long brond lines of while linen 
usurping their plaee, and in ilioir stead keopinn 
np Iho contnut of while and green. Around 
Tibbie and Annie, however, ihe daiaiei were 
■hilling bock to the inn cunBdently, with their 
haarlB of gold and thoir rayi of silver. And tba 
buttereupswereallori;o1di nndthaqoeen-tir-ihi 
meadow, which grew mil at the water iiila, pe 
fumed tha whoh roainn with her erown of lilvarr 
Tildiie'" Idinil fare waa iiirnod lowaril 



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her knitting needles, for slie was making a pair 
of worsted Btockingii for Annie against the win- 
ter. No one could fit stockings m) well as Tibbie. 

^'Wha's that coniin', laiisic?** eho n»kcd. 

Annie, who had heard do one, glanced round, 
and, rising, said — 

"It's Thomas Crann/* 

** That 's no Thomas Crann," rejoined Tibbie. 
" I dinna hear the host (couyh) o* *im." 

Thomns cnmc up, pale and limping a little. 

*'Thnt 's no Thomas Crann?" repeated Tibbie, 
Ix-forc he liad time to address her. 

•• What for no, Tibbie?" returned Thomas. 

'* 'Cause I canna hear vcr breath, Thanias.** 

'* That's a sign that'l hac the mnir o* *t, 
Tibbie. I 'm sae mucklo better o* that ashmn, 
ih;it 1 think whiles the lK>rd maun hac blawn into 
my nosrriis anitlier breath o' that life tiiat ho 
birnthcd tlrst into Ivdam an* Ere." 

** I 'ni licht clnid to hear % Thama*. Breath 
maim conic frac liini ac gait or ithci." 

'^Nucdoobt. Tibbie." 

* * Will YC hit doon Ohidcs *s, Thamas? It 's King 
sin* I hac Bccn yc." 

Tibbie IS I ways spoke of ftetHy j)CopK\ 

** Ay will J, Tibbie. I liuen.i uiuckie u] o' my 
!ian*rt jisc the day. Yc see I hacna won riciit 
into my wark a^^ain yet." 

** Annie an' me \s jitit lx^en haein a crack the- 
frcther nljoot this thing an' tliat thing, Tiinmas," 
!>:iid 'J'ilibic, dnjp[>in;; her knitting on her knees, 
and folding her pahn;* to<^ether. *'Mav Ik: tfp. 
voiild toll me wlicther there lie oiiv likcncM 
atw'ccn the licht that I canna sec, niid that soun' 
o' the water rinnin\ aye rinnin', that I like sac 
wecl to hear.'* 

For it did not need the gentle warm wind, 
floiuin;; rather than blowing down tiie river that 
afternoon, to bring to their cars the sound of the 
rHtirk\ or dam built across the river, to send the 
water to the dyer's wheel : for that sound was 
in Tibbie's cotta<;c day and night, mingled witli 
the nearer, gentler, and stnmger gurgling of the 
swift, deep, (/l€(/m; water in the race, that hurried, 
aware of its work, with small noibu and much soft- 
sliding force toward the wheel. 

•*WccI. ye Rj'c, Tibbie,'* answered Thomn*, 
**ic 's ncarhan' ais ill for the like o* ns to nnii< r- 
stan' your bliiruosM, as it may be for you to un- 
nerstflir oor sirht." 

** Deed, mav be ncvther o' 's kens mnckic ab(K)t 
ooraingift either o'hichc or blin'nes:'. Say ony 
tiling yu like, gin ye dinna tell me, as the bairn 
hero nnce did, that I cudna ken what the licht 
was. I kenna what yer sicht may be, and I 'm 
thinkin* I care as little. But weel ken I what 
the licht is." 

•* Tibbie, dinna be ill-nater*d, like mo. Ye bao 
no call to that same. I 'ni tn-iii' to answor vour 
queston. And gin ye interrup' me again, I '11 rise 
an* gang hame.'' 

** 8ay awa', Thamas. Never heed me. I *m 
some cankert whiles. I ken that weel on^uch." 

** Ye hae nae busincfts to l>c rnnkcrt, Tibbie ?" 

" \ae mair nor iiher fowk." 

** Ixjss, Tibbie ; less, woman." 

*'}Ioo mak' yo that oot ?'* asked Tibbie, defen- 
sively. 

'*Yo dinna see the things to anger ye that 
ithcr fowk sees. As I cam* doon the street this 
minute, I cam' upo* twn laddies — ye ken them — 
they 're twins—ane o' them cripple — " 



" Ay, that was Mnrdoch MiUaos'i wwkr i 

tcrposcd Tibbie, with indignant icauniKeMt 

'* The man 's been unrj for \ this Bmy t 
day," said Thomas; **Mie we mamiDA « 
ower't again, Tibbie." 

" VciTA wecl, Tbamu ; I s* hand mr toBot 
What aboat the Uddiea ?** 

** Thej war fechtin* i' the Terre ttrcei; nf- 
gin* ane anitber's heida, an' peggin* ataieni^ 
cr*s nosct, an* doin' their Terra endeefor lo 4 
stroy tho image o' the Almichtj — i vm 
macklo o' 't that was left to bland. I teak al 
throosh them baith." 

"An* what cam' o' the image o* the Almidfrf 
asked Tibbie, with a groteeque conlonkM of W 
mouth, and a roll of her railed cjrebdk ""l 
doobt, Tliamaa," she continned, *'ye aqgotiS' 
sel' mair nor ye qnaietit them wi* the tknda'. 
The wrath o* man, ye ken, Thania% vakoi 
not the richtyisness o* God." 

There was not a person in Glameitoi wb 
would have dared to apeak thus to Thms 
I'rann but Tibbie Dyster, perhaps became ihos 
was not one who had such a respect fer tia 
Possibly the darkness about her made her boUff: 
but I think it was her truth, which ii aaoike 
word for /oir. however nnliko lore the ostcoet 
may look, that mado her able to speak ii Iks 
fashion. 

Thomas was silent fur a long minate. Tla 
ho said — 

** May be ye 're i* the richt, Hhbic. Ye ittts* 
ger me ; but I wad raither hne a bi^dv anger m 
wi' tellin* me the trowth, nor I wad 'hae a'tb 
fair words i* the dictionar*. It 's a strange tkisp 
wumman, but aye whan a bodj *s trvin* mairt b 
gang «prieht,he's sure to catch a'dreidfs'fii'. 
There I hae been wan^tlin* wi* my iU-tcnye 
mair nor ever I did i* my life afore ; and I sew 
i' my dnvs lickit twa laddies for lickin* sne ss- 
i:hcr till jist this vcrra day. And 1 prncl 
ii;:ainst myscl' afore I cam* oot. I canna vis tf 
the iMKldom o* 't." 

''There's wanr* things nor an ill-temper, TU» 
n«. No that it *s bonnio ava'. Andit '§ nsM 
like Ilini *nt was meek and lowly o* hert. Bi^ 
as I sny, there *s waur feats nor an ilUtenpct 
it wad be no gain to yon, Tbamaa, end nogkiT 
to Him whasc will 's your tanctificaticm, irii tt 
war to owercomo yer temper, and »vne thiski 
heap o' yerscl' that ye had done 'r. May beibt 
'ri what for yer no alloocd to be victoriooi ii w 
endecvors." 

*' 'Deed, may be, Tibbie,** mid Tliomasiolrvi- 
ly. ** And 1 'in some donbtfu* furbyo, wheikvl 
may nabe tryin' to y\\ic oot the stockin' fiaetk 
wrang en' o' *t. I doobt iho fau't *s aae mt 
muckle i' my tcmticr as i* my licrt. It H wu 
love that I want, Tibbie. Gin I lo*ed my necbor 
as myscl', I cudna be sae ill-natcrt till hia: 
though 'deed, whiles, I *m snirry cncucb at mner 
— a hantle waur nor at him." * 

** Vcrra true, Thames," aiucwcrcd TiUiir. 
" Pnfcct love casteth oot fear, 'cnniec ilwre *• 
nae n)om for the twa o* them ; nnd I daunar it 
wad l»c the same wi* the tem|)cr." 

** But I 'm no gaein' to gie in to hmn* ill-natnt 
for a' that," said Thomas, as if alarmed al Ibi 
posi^ible consequences of the concloaion. 

**Nn, na. llesist yc the dceril, TluMK 
TIaud at him. man. He *s anre to rin at the tat 
last. But I m feared yc 'U gang ewa* ofaB Mft 



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01 



me oboot the licht and the water. Whan I 'in 
sittin* here o* the girec, hcarkenin* to the water, 
u U comet munrin*, and aouffln*, and garglin* 
oo to me, and syne by me and awa*, as gin it 
war tpinnin' and twistin' a lot o* bonnie wee 
Muniei a* in til ae miickle gran* toan', it pits mo 
i* min* o* the text that says, * His voice was as 
the sound o* monj waters.' Noo his face is 
iicht — yt ken that, dima ye ? — and gin his voice 
bs like the water, there mann bo something like 
atween the Iicht and the water, ye ken. Tliat 's 
what garred me spier at yc, Thamas." 

** Wee), I dinna ken richtly boo to answer yc, 
Tibbie; bat at tliis moment the Iicht 's pinyin' 
bonnie npo' the cntick — shimmerin* and brakin' 
upo* the water, as hit braks upu* the stnncs nforc 
it fa*s. An' wliat fa*s, it liiiks as gin it took the 
licht wi' 't i* the wamc o' 't like. Kli ! it's l>on- 
nie, woman ; and I wis yc Iiad the sicht o* ycr 
een to see 't wi' ; thoogh vc do prctcn' to think 
little o' 't.'' 

** WccI, wecl I my time 's comin', Thnmn<) ; 
nnd I mann ji^it bide till it comes. Ye canna 
help me, I sec that. Gin I coalil only open my 
een fur ae minute, I wad ken a' ab(x)t it, and bo 
Ms to auiiwcr niysor. I think \vc Ml gang into 
iha hociso, for I caniia bide it lanji^cr.*' 

All tlio linii tJiey were talkin^c, Annie was 
watching Al.*c*ii lK>at, which had drojipcd down 
tbe river, an*! was floating in the suiiHliinc above 
the dam. Thomas must have seen it too, for it 
was in the very heart of the radiance reflected 
to them from the watery mirror. But Alee was 
s painful subject with TlumiaH, for when they 
chanced to meet now, nothing more than the 
losring salute of ordinary n('(|ti:iiiitance was cx- 
rhangod. And Thoni:b» woa u a able to be in- 
dnlgent to young people. C^Ttuin facts in his 
■stora, BH well as ceriuiu articles in his creed, 
icadored him unable. iSo, being one of those 
who never spcuk of what is painful to them if 
they can avoid it — thinking nil the more, he 
tilked about the light, and 8ai<l mnhing about 
the boat that was in the middle of it. Had Alec 
bjsn rowing, Tibbie would have heard the oars ; 
Imt he only paddled enoiigli to keep the boat 
from drifting on to the dam. Kate sat in the stem 
looking at the water with lialf-cIiMcd eyes, nnd 
Alec sat looking at Kate, as if his eyes were 
made only for her. And Annie sat in the 
meadow, and she too looked at Kate ; and she 
tbonght how pretty she was :^nd how she muHt 
like being rowed about iu th^ old boat. It 
seemed quite an old boat now. An age hod pass- 
ed since her name was painted on it. She 
wondered if ** The Bonnie Annie" was worn off 
tiie stem yet ; or if Alee had painted it out, nnd 
pat the name of the pretty lady instead. When 
Tibbie and Thomas walked nwny into the house, 
Annie lingered bjhind on the gnn^. 

Hie sun sank blunting nnd slow, yet he did 
sink, lower and lower ; till nt length Alec leaned 
back with a stronger pnll on the oars, and the 
boet crept away up the stream, lessening as it 
crept, and, turning n curve in the river, was lost. 
Still she sat on, with one hand lying listlessly in 
her lap, and the other plucking blades of grass 
and making a littlo heap of them beside her, till 
■ha had pulled a spot quite b.ire, and the brown 
earth peeped through between the r(K)is. Then 
■be roee, wont np to the d(M>ror the cottngc, called 
a gciod-night to Tibbie, and cuuk her way honij. 



CHAPTER LII. 

Mr story has not to do with city life, in which 
occur frequent shocks, changes, and recombinn- 
tions, but with the life of a country region ; and 
is,therefure, ** to a lingering motion bound," like 
the day, like the ripening dt the harrest, like the 
growth of all good things. But clouds and rain- 
bows will come in the quietest skies ; adventures 
and coincidences in the quietest village. 

As Kate and Alec walked along the street, on 
their way to the castle, one of tlie conches from 
the county town drove up with its four thorough- 
breds. 

** What a handsome fellow the driver is !" said 
Kate. 

Alec looked up at the box. There sat Bean- 
champ, with the ribbons in his grasp, handling 
his horses with composure and skill. Beside him 
sat the owner of the coach, a laird of the neigh- 
borhood. 

Certainly Beauchamp was a handsome fellow. 
But a sting went through Alec*s heart. It was 
the first time that he thought of his own person 
in comparison with another. That she shonUI 
admire Beauchamp, thoogh he was handsome ! 

The memorv even of that moment made him 

m 

writhe on his bed years after; for n mental nnd 
a bodily wound are alike in this, that after there 
is but tlio scar of cither left, bad weather will re- 
vi vetho torture. His face fell. Kate saw it, and 
did him some injustice. They walked on in si- 
lence, in the shadow of a high wall. Kate look- 
ed up at the top of the wail and stopjicd. Alec 
looked at her. Her face was ns full of light as a 
diamond in the sun. He forgot all his jealousy. 
The fresh tide of his love swept it away, or at 
least covered it. On the top of the wall, in tho 
sun, grew one wild scarlet poppy, a delicate 
transparent glory, through which tho sunlight 
shone, staining itself red, and almost dissolving 
the |K)ppy. 

The red light melted awny the mist between 
them, nnd they walked iu it up to the ruined 
walls. Xjong grass grew about them, clo;ic to tho 
very door, wliich was locked, that if old Time 
could not bs kept our, younger destroyers might. 
Other walls stood around, vitrifled by fire — the 
remnants of an older cnstle still, al)out which 
Jamblichns might have spied the lingering phan- 
toms of many a terrible deed. 

They entered by the door in the great tower, 
under the spiky remnants of the spiral stair pro- 
jecting; from tho hnge circular wall. To tho 
right, a steep descent, once a stair, led down to 
tho cellars and the dun^m ; a terrible place, tho 
visible necntions of which are horrid, and need 
no fN)pnlar legends, such as Alec had been telling 
Kate, of a walled-updoor nnd a lost room, to add 
to their influence. It was no wonder that when 
he held out his hand to lend her down into the 
darkn<>s4 nnd through winding ways to the mouth 
of the far-ott'l>ec-hive dungeon — it was no wonder, 
I snv, that she should shrink and draw back. A 
few rays came through the decayed planks of the 
door which Alee had pushed to behind them, and 
fell upon the rubbish of centuries sloping in the 
brown light and damp air down into the nh}-ss. 
One larger ray from the keyholo fell upon Kate's 
face, and showed it blanched with fear, and her 
eyes distended with tho effort to sec through th« 
gloom. 



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ALEC JORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



At that moment, a sweet, low roico came from 
tomewhere out of the darkness, sayiDR — 

** Dinna bo feared, mem, to gang whanr Alec 
wants ye to gang. Ye can lippen (trust) to hhn.** 

Staring in the direction of the sound, Kate saw 
the pale face of a slender — half child, half maid- 
en, glimering across the gulf that led to the dun- 
fccon. She stood in the midst of a sepulchral 
light, whose faintncss differed from mere obscu- 
ration, inasmuch as it told how bright it was out- 
of-doors in the sua Annie, I say, stood in this 
dimness — a dusky and yet radiant creature, seem- 
ing to throw off from her a faint brown light — a 
lovely, earth-stained gliost. 

** Oh ! Annie, is that you ?" said Alec. 

" Ay is *t. Alec," Annie answered. 

*' This id nn old school-fellow of mine," he said 
turning to Kate, who was looking haughtily at the 
j:»ri. 

**01i ! is it?** said Kate, condescending. 

Between the two, c:ich lonking ghostly to the 
other, lay a dark cavern-mouth that seemed to 
go down to Hades. 

** Wonnaye gang doon, mem ?" said Annie. 

" No, thank you," answered Kate, decisively. 

** Alec '11 tak' guid care o* ye, mem.** 

" Oh ! yes, I dare say ; but l had rather not.** 

Alec said nothing. Kate would not trust him 
then I lie would not have thought much of if, 
however, but for what had passed before. Would 
she have gone with Beauchamp if ho had asked 
lier? All ! if he had asked Annie, she too wonid 
have turned pale, but she would have laid her 
linnd in his, and gone with him. 

"Gin ye want to gnng up, than," she said, 
"I 'il hit ye see the easiest road. It *s roun* this 
wav." 

And she pointed to a narrow ledge lictween 
the descent and the circular wall, by which tlioy 
could cross to where she stood. But Alec, who 
had iv> desire for Annie's company, declined her 
guidance, and took Kate up a nearer thongh more 
difficult ascent to the higher level. Hero all the 
doors of the castle Iny in dust beneath their feet, 
mingled with fragments of chimney-piece and 
battlement. The whole central space lay open 
tu the skv. 

Annie remained standing on the edge of the 
dungcon-slopc. 

Slie had been on her way to see Tibbie, when 
she caught a glimpse of Kate and Alee as they 
I^assed. Since watching them in the boat the 
evening before, she had been longing to sf^eak to 
Alec, longin^r to see Kate nearer: perhaps the 
beautiful ladv would let her love her. She 
guessed wlierc tliey were going, and across the 
fields she bounded like a fawn, straight as the 
crows flew home to the precincts of that ** ancient 
rest," and readied it before them. She did not 
necil to fetch the key, for she knew a hole on the 
level of the grass, wide enough to let her creep 
through the two yards of wall. So she crept in 
and took her place near the door. 

After they had ramhi.ed over the lower part 
of the l)iiildin^, Alec took Kate up a small wind- 
ing stair, past a succession of empty doorways 
like eyeless soeketg, loading nowhither because 
the floors had fallen. Kate was so frightened 
by coming giuldenly upon one afier another of 
these defenseless ofK?nings, that by the time she 
reached the broad platform, which ran, all hare 
' '9rapet or hatilcmcnt, around the top of the 



tower, she felt faint ; and when Alec scampered 
off like a goat to reach the bartizan at the other 
side, she sank in an agony of fear upon the land- 
ing of the stair. 

Ix)oking down upon her from the top of the 
little turret, Alee saw that she was ill, and re- 
turning instantly in great dismay, comforted her 
as well as he eould, and got her by degrees to 
the bottom. There was a spot of grass inside 
the walls, on which he made her rest ; and as 
the sun shone upon her through one of the 
ruined windows, ne stood so that his shadow 
should fall across her eyes. While he stood thus 
n strange fancy seized him. The sun became 
in his eyes a fiery dragon, which having de- 
voured half of the building, having eaten the in- 
side out of it, having torn and gnawed it every- 
where, and having at length reached its kernel, 
thcr sleeping beauty, whoso bed had, in the long 
years, mouldered away, and been replaced by 
the living grass, would swallow her up anon, i'f 
he were not there to stand between and defend 
her. When he looked at her next, she had in- 
deed become the sleeping beauty he had fancied 
her ; and sleep had already restored the color to 
her cheeks. 

Turning his eyes up to the tower from which 
they had just descended, he saw, looking down 
upon them from one of the insolated doorways, 
the pale face of Patrick Beauchamp. Alec 
bounded to the stair, rushed to the top and 
round the platform, but found nobody. Begin- 
ning to doubt his eyes, his next glance showed 
him Beaneliamp standing over the sleeping girl. 
He darted down the screw of the stair, but when 
he reached the bottom Beauchamp hod again 
disappeared. 

The same moment Kate began to wake. Her 
first movement brought Alee to his senses : why^ 
should he follow Beauchamp? He returned to 
her side, and they left the place, locked the door 
behind them, took the key to the lodge, and 
went home. 

After ten. Alec, believing he had locked 
, Beauchamp into the castle, returned and search- 
! ed the building from top to bottom, even got n 
I candle and a ladder, and went down into the 
dungeon, found no one, and went home bewil- 
I dcrcd. 

I While Alee was searcliing the vacant ruin, 
I Beauchamp was comfortably seated on the box 
I of the Spitfire, tooling it half way home — 
namely, ns far ns the house of its owner, the 
laird above mentioned, who was a relative of his 
mother, and whom he was then visiting. Ho 
had seen Kate and Alee take the wav to the 
castle, and had followed them, and found tho 
door unlocked. AVatching them about the ]ilaco, 
he ascended the stair from another approach. 
The moment Alec looked up at him, lie ran 
down again, and iiad just dropped into a sort of 
well-like place which the stair had used to fill 
on its wav to a lower level, when he heard Alee'* 
feet thundering up over his hcod. Determined 
then to see what the lady was like, for he had 
never seen her close, or without her bonnet, 
which now lay beside her on the grnsn, ho 
scrambled out, and, approaching her cautiously, 
had a few moments to contemplate her l)efore 
he saw — for he kept a watch on the tower — that 
Alee had again caught sipht of him, when ho 
immediately tied to his former refuge, which 



ALEC FOUB£S OF IIOWGLEX. 



03 



eommanicatctl with a low pitched story lying 
between the o|)cn level and the Taul;ii. 

The sound uf the ponderous and rusty boh 
reached liini across the cavernous space. Ho 
had not expected their immediate departure, 
and was rather alarmed. His first impulM was 
to try whether he could not shoot the bolt from 
the inside. This he soon found to bo impossible. 
He next turned to the windows in the front, but 
there the ground fell away so suddenly that he 
was many feet from it — an' altogether dnngcrouH 
leap. lite was beginning to feel ticnously con- 
cerned, when he heard a roice — 

'*Do ye want to win oot, sir? They hac 
lockit the door.** 

He turned, but could see no ono. Appronch- 
inir tlie door again, he spied Annie, in tliu dark 
twilight, standing on the edge of the descent to 
the Tdvits. Ho had passed the spot not a min- 
ute before, and she was certainly not there then. 
She looked as if she had just glided up that slope 
from a region so dark that n spectre might haunt 
it all d.*iy long. But Dsauchamp was not of a 
fanciful disposition, and instead of taking her 
for a spectre, he accosted her with easy inso- 
lence — 

** Tell me how to get out, my ])rotty girl, and 
ril give vou a kiss. " 

Seized with a terror she did not understand, 
Annio darted into the cavern between them, 
and sped down its steep into the darkness which 
Uy there like a lurking bea^t. A few yards 
down, however, she turned aside, through a low 
doorway, into a rault. Beauchamp rushed after 
her, passed her, and fell over a great stone lying 
in the middle of the way. Annie heard him 
CUl, sprung forth again, and, flying to the upper 
light, found her way out, and left the discourte- 
ous knight a safo captive, fallen upon that horri- 
ble stair. A horrible stair it was : up and down 
those steps, then steep and worn, now massed 
iiio an incline of beaten earth, had swarmed, 
for months together, a multitude of naked chil- 
dren, oqihancd and captive by the sword, to and 
from the troughs at which tlioy fed like pig?*, 
amid the laughter of the lord oV the castle and 
hi* guests; while he who passed down them to 
ihe dung3r)n b^v/ond, had little chaiico of ever 
retracing his steps upward to the li^lit. 

Annie t<»Kl the keeper that there wa<» a gentle- 
man shut into the castle, and then ran a mile 
and a hulf to Tibbie's cottage, without stopping. 
But slie did not say a word to Tibbie about her 
adventure. 



CHAITER Llir. 

A SPinrr of prophecy, whether from the Lord 
or not, was abroad this summer amon;; the cler- 
17 of Glamerton, of all persuasions. Nor were 
its influences confined to Glamerton or the clcr- 
ejr. The neighborhood and the laity had their 
nmre. Those who read their bibles, of whom 
there were many in that region, took to rending 
the prophecies, all the prophecies, and scarcely 
aaj thing but the prophecies. Upon these every 
nuuiy either for himself or following in the track 
of hb ipiritnal instructor, exorcised his individ- 
ual powers of interpretation, whose fecundity did 
not altogether depend upon the amount of his- 
torical iEno\%l"dgc. But wliatovcr was known. 



whether about uneicni Assyria or modern Tahiti, 
found its theoretic plucc. Of course the Church 
of Home had her due share of the application 
from all parties ; but neither ilic CMiiirch of En- 
gland, the Church of Scotland, nor eiilier of the 
dissenting sects, went without it;^; poition freely 
dealt, each of the last finding something that ap- 
plied to all the rest. There were some, liowever, 
who cared less for such modes, and, themselves 
given to a daily fight with antichrist in their own 
hearts, sought — for they too read the prophecies 
— to fix their reference on certain sin*<, and cer- 
tain persons classed according to these their sins. 
j With a burning desire for the safety of their 
neighbors, they took upon them the strongest 
words of rebuke and condemnation, so that one 
might have thought they were reveling in the 
idea of the vengeance nt'hand, instead of striv- 
ing for the rescue of their neighbors from the 
wnith to come. Among these were Thomas 
Craun and his minister, Mr. TumbuU. To them 
Gl.inierton was tho centre of creation, provi- 
dence, and revelation. Every warning finger in 
Tho Book pointed to it ; every burst of indigna- 
tion from tho laboring bosom of holy prophet 
was addressed to its sinners. And what thu 
minister spoke to classes from the pulpit, Thom- 
as, whoso mode of teaching was in so far So- 
cratic that he singled out his man, applied to iho 
individiml — in language occasionally too mncli 
to tho point to admit of repetition in the delicate 
ears of the readers of tho nineteenth century, 
some of whom are on such friendly terms with 
tho yiees themselves, that they are shocked at 
tho yulgarity and rudeness of the names giyen 
them by their forefathers. 

** Ye ken weel eneuch that ye *ro a drucken 
vratch, Vcter I'eterson. An* yo ken weel eneuch 
that ye 'ro nanc better, forbyo, than ye sud be. 
Naebody ever accused ye o' stealin' ; but gin ye 
hand on as yo *re doin*, that '11 como neist. But 
I doobt the' wrath o* the Almichty '11 be doon 
upo* *8 like n spate, an it was i* the days o* Noah, 
nforo ye liao time to Icarn to steal, Peter Peter* 
son. Ye Ml hoe your share in bringin' dcstruc' 
tion npo' this toon, and a' its belongiu's. TIi'. 
verra kirk-vard winna hide ve that dav fi'iic the 
wrath o* Him that sitteth upo' tho throne. Tak* 
ye tent, and repent, Peter ; or it Ml be the waur 
for ye." 

The object of this terrible denunciation of the 
wrath of the Almighty was n wretched little oh- 
ject indeed, just like a white rabbit — with pink 
eyes, a gray faice and head, poor thin legs, n long 
tail coat that came nearly to his heels, an awfully 
ragged pair of trowsers, and a liver ehnrreil with 
whisky. He had kept a whisky-shop till he had 
dnmk nil his own whisky ; and ns no distillor 
would let him hnyo any on trust, he now hung 
al>ont the inn yard, and got a penny from oi;(*, 
and twopence from another, for running errands. 
Had tlioy been sovereigns they would all liuvo 
gone the same way — namely, for whisky. 

He listened to Thomas with n kind of dazod 
meekness, his eyes wandering ever}'whoro ex- 
cept in the direction of ThomnsV. One who did 
not know Thomas would have thought it coward- 
ly in him to attack such a |)oor creature. But 
Thomas was just as ready to fly at tho greatest 
man in Glamerton. All the evil-doers of th.^ 
place feared him — the rich manufacturer and the 
strong h«)T8C-doc\or \tvc\\\^cOl. TVv^x <i^tW\\\^ 



94 



ALEC FORBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



a whcczin;;, canting hvpocritc, and would go 
btrects out of their way to avoid him. 

But on the present occasion he went too far 
with I'ctcr. 

** And it *B wcel kcnt Tonr docbtcr Baubr *• 
no better nor she sad be ; for — '* 

Peter's face flushed crimson, thongh where the 
blood eould hayc come from was an anatomical 
mystery ; ho held up bis hands with the fingers 
crooked like the claws of an animal, for the poor 
cTCAtoro hod no notion of striking; and, dancing 
backward and forward from one foot to the other, 
nnd grinning with set teeth in an agony of im- 
jK>t(>iit rngc, cried out — 

** T:mi Crann, gin vc dnnr to say nnithcr word 
ngninst my Boaby wi' thnt foul ninu' o* yours, I 
MI— I 'II — I 'II — worry yc like a mad dc»g~yc ill- 
toufsiicd jtcoonrcl!** 

Ilis Banbv had alrcadv lind two cliihlrcn — 

■ » 

one to the rich manufacturer, the other to the 
strong hoi^sc-doctor. 
Thomas turned in silence and went awar re- 

■ 

baked and ashamed. Next dnv he Kut Peter n 
pair of old corduroy trowscn*, into cither log of 
wliich he might hare been buttoned like one of 
Paddy's twins. 

In the mid8t of this commotion of mind nnd 
speech, good Mr. Cowie died. He hud t:ikcn no 
particular interest in what was going on, nor 
even in the pn)phccic8 themselves. Ever nncc 
Annie's petition for counsel, he had been think- 
ing as ho had no%'cr thought before, alxnit his 
own relation to God ; and had found this enough 
withrnt tlio prophecies. Now he hnd carried his 
thoughts into another world. While Thomas 
Crann was bending his spiritual artillery ufion 
the poor crazy tub in which flcmtcd the earthly 
presence of Peter I'cterson, Mr. Cowic's bark 
was lying stranded upon that shore whither the 
tide of time is slowly drifting each of \\%. 

He was gently regretted by all — even by 
Thomas. 

" A/ ! ay !" he said, with slow emphnsis, " lon-z 
drawn' out;" 'Mie's gane, is he, honest nnni ? 
Wecl, may be he had the Tx>ot o' the maittcr in 
him, althongh it made unco little show aIkiou 
the yird. There was smn' flower nnd Ichs fruit. 
Bat jccdgement disna belang to w, ve sec, Jean, 
lass.*' 

Thomas would judge the living from morning 
to night; but the dead — he wuuld leave them 
ulonc in the better hands. 

** I 'm thinkin'," he added, "ho 's been tnen 
nwa'frae the evil to come — frac seein' the terri- 
ble consequences o* sic a safe way o' dcoliu' wi' 
eternal trowth and wi* perishin' men — tnen awa' 
like Eli, whan he brak his neck at the ill news. 
For the fire and brimstanc that overthrew Sodom 
and Gomorrhai^, I doobt, hingin* ower this toon, 
ready to fa' nnd smorc us a'/' 

"Hoot I hoot! dinna sjjcyk mc nwfn' words, 
Thamos. Ye Vc nne the ]>ro]iIiec Jonnh, ve 
ken.- 

** Arc ye the whnnl than, to Mvnilow me nnd 
my words ihcgitlicr, Jeon ? I toll yc the wrath 
o' God wmtn \tc roused against this toon, for it 's 
been growin' wnur and wanr for mony a year ; 
till the verrn In^os are no to bo lipjicnt oot 
themlnncs {nionc).'* 

"What ken yc nl)oot the Insses Tlmmas? 
Hand ye to iho men. The las?(es are nac wnur 
nor in ithcr jmirts. I wat I can come nnd gang 



whan and whaur I Hke. Xercr a bodr n 
word to roe," 

This was tme bnt hardlT sigiiiificu^ li 
Jean had one ahonlder and one ere tiia( 
size of the others, to wmj notluBg of wiwrii 
nitiei and their compeniatioiu. Bat, nk\ 
Thomas was, he was gentleman enoosktsa 
fine his reply to a snort and a sileaee. Ish 
lie not chosen his honaekeepempon tbesni 
of those personal recommendationt ofikl 
fensive importance of which she vat hsadfi 
aware? 

Except his own danghters, there wm ai 
who mourned so deeply for the loss of Xr. (a 
as Annie Anderson. She had left hiida 
and gone to the mlsaionara, and tbotta 
more spiritual nonrishmenk than Mr. Gal 
sermons could sopplvy bnt ahe eooM oolfq 
his kisses;, or his gentle words, or hiitfi 
for by their means, althongh she did Mb 
it, Mr. Cowie's self had giren her a BMRfl 
fiding notion of God. a better feeling cf tot 
demess, than she conld hare had frasdl 
TambuH's sermons together. Whatcqall 
could a man give ? Was it not worth boobtt 
sound doctrine? Yet the good man.Boib 
ing this, had often looked back to thstiaoa 
nnd reproached himself bittcrlv that lie,»Ii 
n clergyman of that pnrihh, had no belpai 
the only child who ever came to himtoaks 
help. 80, wlien he lay on his dcathM. ki 
for Annie, the only »oii], oat of all hiipa 
over which he felt that lie had any patfonla 

When, with pak;, tearful fiice, she eototil 
chamber, she found him supported witb|5i 
in his bed. lie stretched oot his srassl 
feebly, but held her close to his boiOBLii^"^ 

*• I 'm going to die, Annk^,** he said. 

" And go to hoiivcm, air, to the &ee o*ti 
^nid Annie, not suLlting, bnt with theteanitf 
ingfilcntly down Lcr facie. 

** I don't know, Annie. I 're bees afsii 
nnd I 'm afraid God does not caie mnchfara 

*- If God loves yon half aa mnch as lA^i 
yc Ml Iks well off in hearen. And I 'm itf 
he mnun love ye moir nor mc. For. xtnA 
CiiHl 's love itsel\" ' 

*'I don't know, Annie. Bnt if ewl« 
there, which 11 be more tlian I dcscrre,I1i 
him about yon, and aak him to giveyoslkli 
thnt I couldn't giro yon.** 

Ix)ve and Death make ns all rkiUici. C 
Old Age bo an evil thing, which docs the** 

The old clergyman had thooght biaadfill 
Protestant at least, bnt eren his rimiffff 
was in danger now. Happily ProtemtiBi 
nothing to him now. Ifothing bni God w 
do now. 

Annie had no answer bnt what lariakcrH 
He called his danghter, who stood injpii'' 
room. She came near. 

'* Bring my study BiMe, '* he said to hsrtf 

She went and brooght it— a large qsansV 

" Here, Annie, *> said the dying mai^ **!> 
my Bible that I 're made bnt ower litik « 
myscl'. Promise me, if ever y« hsfe s Ws 
your own, that ye *11 read ont o' that book« 
day nt worship. I want yon not to Ibngei m 
if nil 'k well, T shall ncTer Ibraet 70a." 
. , ** Thnt n-m I, sir,** n*sponded JUmiestf* 
* " And yc il find a new fiTe-poand tfi 
twc?n the leaves. Take It, for mytr^*' 



K 



ALEC FOUBES OF UUWOl.lI.V. 



Money ! All, well ! Lov 



:n gold in 



Ycf, sir." ansirerad Annie, foeling tllis irai 
time fur objcciing to &ny tiling. 
" An J good-bye, Annio. Ican'liponkmore." 
Ho drew her to him again, and kiuiid ber for 
elutlimo. Tlicn ho tamed his fuce to tho wall, 
id Anniu ircnt home wMping, with <bo great 
Ihle in V'^t arms. 
In Ilia inadvencnra of grief, (he ran inli 

Wlint hao ys gotten there, laiiic?" said 
Lice, as (linrjil; as if ibe miitht horo stolen 
"Mr. Coirie pie me liii Bible, 'cnnso he 
ifn' himwl', and downa n-nnt it ony langor," 
iwered Annio. 
■*Lat'« luik at it." 
'Annie pare il up with rclnctanco. 

broivbuik,Bnil bonniebuinli — tliongh 
purple maiitcn little lo ihs Bible. 
b'll ji't lay"! npo' tho room-table, an' wa "11 
~ vonbip oot o' 't whan ony body 'a wi' 's je 

I wBnlitinyrel*,"ol(iecicd Annie^ in dismay, 
■]lhoDi:h ihe did not think of (bo monof atlbe 
ncnt, aha lind bciier reomna fur not liking lo 
;wlih the book. 
To can hao 'c when ye want it. That '« 

Aniorould hardly think his laying to enongh, 
erer, weinn the door of the ivom via kept 
ed, and Mn. Bruce, patient woman bb ihe 
, would linve boicd anv one's ean nhotn >hc 
coming from n-iihin tKc sacred precincts. 






CHAPTEa LIV. 
:lie next Suailny, Mr. Coiria voi 
I; nitii, through come mistake or Diiimaaagc- 
I, there wiu no one to pi'each. So the con- 
imlon did each as seemed right in lili own 
.; nndMr».PorbMwcnitotheMiB«ionarkirfc 
|ha evening to hoar Mr. TurnbulL Kate and 
e accompanied her. 

ly this lime Robert Brace had become a groat 

In the community — after his own judgment 

n<t ; fur nliboagb, with a few cxcepiion*, ibe 

ionars yielded him the influence lio tonght, 

idy re<jiccled him; they only nupceled his 

ey. lie had man^nd to secnre one oT the 

; fnnlibnnble pews in tho chniiel ; and now 

II Mrs. Fotbcs's parly entered, and a little 

motion arose In consequence, they beinirmare 

gAntlcfolk than the place was occiislnmed lo 

~ irtain, Bruce was the flnt lo wolk from his 

,_ and rcqiiest them to occnOT his pow. Alec 

luld ha*e parsed on, for ho disliked tho man, 

~ Mr*. Forbes hating reasons for being com- 

lani, accepted liia offer. Colds kepi ilie rest 

tho Drnccs ni home, and Annie was the only 

i1i.tat of tho pew. She crept np to the 

^ of it, like a lilile shy mouse, lo bo ns fur out 

iho way ns pooible. 

■■Come ooi. Annie," Sdid liruco io n loud 
hi'pcr. 

Annio cnme ont, irfth a warm flush orer her 

,le face, nnil Mm. ForUe* onicred, tlian Kate, 

'ut of nil, Alee, much ngnin<l his will. 

Annio rc-cntcrcd, and Bruce rcsnmcd his 

u CcTberos of the ocw door. Bo Annio 



was sentcd next lo Alec, as she hnd never been. 
in church or cLapcl, or even in school, before, 
except on that momomble day when ibey were 
both tepi in for the Shorter Catechism. But 
Annie had no feeling of delight and awo like that 
with which Alec tut close to his bcantiful 
cousin. Sho had a feeling of pleainra, no doubt, 
lint the euonco of the plcosura was faith. She 
trnsled him and bclteml in him ns much ns she 
lind ever dona. In the end, those who Inist moMt 
will find they ore nearest Ibo iruih. But Annie 
had no philosophy, either worldly or divine. 
Sho hnd only common sense, gentleness, and 
fuitlifulncss. She was vety glad, though, that 
Alec had come to hear Mr. Turuball, who know 
the right woy better ihnit any body else, anil 
eoold show it qnito as well oi Evnngclirit in ilia 
'■Pilgrim's Progress." 

Nor was she far wrong in her jndgmcni of ilu 
hciifhtofMr. Turnbull'Bstar,colaalated from l lie 
horiion of Glomertan. Ho was a good mun whi, 
ventured lo Ihink for himself— as for as that 
mny bo poasiblo for one upon whose spirit have 
convcrgHt, oven boforo ho was bom, the inlln- 
encos of a thousand theological ancestors. 

ARcr reading the curses on Mount Ebol, bo 
prcnehed an eloqaent sermon from the text — 

"Tbaa art wearied in the greatness of thy 
war ; yet soidst Ihoa not, there is no bopo.' " 

He showed his hearers that tliey had all been 
seeking satisfaction in thoir own uursuiis, in tho 
pride of their own woy ; that they iiad been disap- 
pointed, even to wcorineos; and that yet, sncli 
was ihoir pervcrsitr, they would not acknowledge 
tho hopclcisncsi of the pursuit, and turn lo tliat 
God who was ready to pardon, and in whoso 
courts n day would give ihcm more delight than 
n thousand in the ten's of wickcdncis. And 
opening bis peroration by prcsumpmonsly appro- 
priating tho words of the Saviour," Verily, verily, 
I say unto you, il ehiilt be more lolerablo for 
Sodom nnd Gomorrho, in that day, than for 

' (he preacher concluded wiih a terrible de- 

iuiinn of wmili npon llio sinners who hnd 
been culled and would not come. " Woo onro 
ron, fi>r re would not bo warned t Woe nnlci 
.rou, for re knew yoor Lord's will, nod yet com- 
milted ihints worthy uf stripes t Thcrcforoyonr 
whipshnlllMonooi'icorpiiinst Woo unto yon 1 
Iiajr; f'lr, wlien Ibohridegrodmcomoth, re shall 
knock in vain at Iho closed door ; jo shall (land 
without, and iHtcn for a brief moment to the 
'o ami dancing within — listen with longing 

a, till tho rn>h of comlns wings orerpowers 
tho bliisTnl sound*, nnd llio nngcia of vengoonco 
siveep npon you, and bearing you afar tbroogh 
inuio retrions, cast yon into outer darkncat, 
whore shall be weeping and wailing and gUMhing 
of ipotli, to the endless ancs of n divino ctamin." 
With those words tho ]>rcnchnr burst into im- 
passioned praver fur the soul* which ho saw cx- 
Doscd to a hell of which ho himnolf know not Ihe 
horrors, else ho dared not have proof bed it ; ahcll 
the smoke of whoso torments would arise and 
choke the elect ihomselveo nboul ihe throne o< 
God— the belief Exhausted Merer. 

As liing as ibe stream uf elmguoncc flowed, llio 
,'es of tho congrcgaiiiin wuro fixed upon llio 
preacher in breathless silence. When it oetufi 

sank, and a sigh of cxliauslion and Tolicf 
In Ihat ugly building, nmid that wrnry 
praying and inhormunlous siiif^ng, wllk tliti 



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ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



hlntant tone, and, worse than all, that mcrcilcn 
doctrine, there wns %-ct prtaching — that rare 
speech of a man to liis fclluw-nien whereby in 
tiicir inmost hearts thcv know that he in his in- 
most heart believes. There was hard!? nn in- 
different countenance in ail that wide space be- 
neath, in all those fur-sloping galleries above. 
Kvcrv conscience huni; out the red or pale flag. 

When Alec %'cntured to look up, as ho sut duwn 
attcr prnycr, he saw tlte eyes of Thomas Onnn, 
t;ir awny in the crowd, fixed on him. And he 
felt their force, though not in the way Thuman 
iiitcndeil. Thomas never meant to dart jtcrsonal 
ruproachcs Aross the house of God ; but Alec's 
conscience told him nevertheless, stunf; by that 
glance, that he had behaved ill to his old friend. 
Nor did this lessen the general feeling which the 
sermon had awakened in his mind, un-self-con- 
scious as it was, that something ought to be done ; 
that something was wrong in him somewhere ; 
that it ought to be set right somehow — a feeling 
which every one in the })cw shared, except one. 
His heart was so moth-eaten and rusty, with the 
moths and the rust which Mammon brings with 
him when ho comes in to abide with a man, that 
there was not enough of it left to make the terri- 
ble discovery that the rest of it was gone. Its 
owner did not know that there was any thing 
amiss with it. What i)ower can empty, sweep, 
and garnish i-uch a heart ? Or what seven devils 
entering in, can make the lost state of that man 
worse than the fu-st? 

A siM!cial prayer-meeting having been appoint- 
ed to Ik* held after the sermon, Robert Bruce 
remained, to join in the intercession for the 
wicked town and its wicked neighborhood. He 
even ** engaged in j)rayer," for the flret time in 
public, and astonished some of the older membci-s 
i)y his gift in devotion. lie had been received 
into the Church only a week or two l)efore, upon 
profc»iion of faith in the merits of Christ, not in 
Chri>t himself — that would not have been def- 
inite ciiongh for them, but it would have l)cen 
nil the same to Uolwrt Hruce, for he was rcaily 
to U'licvo that he believed any thing advanta- 

There hnd been one or two murmurs against 
his r('ce]»tii»ii. and he had been several times 
vi>ited and talked with, before the Church was 
hatisficd as to his conversion. But nothing wns 
known against him l)eyond the fact that ** he 
Itiikit at baith sides o' i\ bawlx;e;" and having 
bamcd many of tlieir idioms, he had succeeded 
in persuading iiis examiners, and had possibly 
Itersuaded himsoir at the same time, that he had 
passed through all the phases of conversion, in- 
cluding convietion, repentance, and final accept- 
ance of tJtTured mercy on the terms j)ro|K)sed, and 
was now undergoing the slow and troublesome 
process of sanetifieation ; in eorrolw>ration of 
which he went on to produce talk, and eop|>ers at 
the chapel door. (Jood people as many of those 
were wlio thus admitted him to their communion, 
in the full Iwlief that none but conscious Ciiris- 
iian«< shotdd enjoy that ])rivilege, his reputation for 
wealth had yet something to do with it. Proli- 
ably they thougiit that if the gospel jiroved 
mighty in this new disciple, more of his money 
might be accessible by-and-by for good pur|)Oses ; 
among the rest, for sendhig missionaries to the 
heathen, teaehin;:them to divorce their wives and 
wear trow£or«. And now he had been asked to 



pray, and had prmjed with mncli proprirniri 
considerable nnciion. To be sure Tibbie Dw 
did sniff a good deal during the peilonsiK 
but then that was a way alie had of iclierflKki 
feelings, next best to that of apeakiDg heraiiL 

When the meeting was over, Robeit BkK 
Thomas Crann, and Jamei Johnstone, wko 
one of the deacons, walked away together. Ter 
little conversation took place b e t we en tha,fir 
no subject but a religions one was adalKir. 
and the religious feelings of those who had v 
were pretty nearly exhausted . Braee'i, honv. 
were not in the least exhausted. On tbeeusw 
he was so pleased to find that he ooold pofsl 
well ns any of them, and the excitement cfMl 
so liofore judges had been so new snd plena 
to him, that ho thought he should like lo ml 
again, lie thought, too^ of the grand BiUeh^ 
up there on the room-table. 

*' Come in, sirs,'* he said, as they spf«wW 
his door, **and Uk* a fmirt in our'faimilr n- 
ship ; and sao the dnj *ll gang oot wi* praVftS 
it cam in wi' prayer. And the I<ord1l nffk 
hae mercy upo' *s, and no dcstrt>T the ^ 
shojjs an* a*, for tho sins o* the inhaibitflS- 
them *at sees, for them *at *s blin*.** 

Neither of his companions fvlc morh isriial 
to accede to his request: they both vieldcdvi- 
withstnnding. He conducted them up ftan 
nnlocked the miwty room, pulled nn the LGiA^ 
and admitted enough of lingering light furik 
concluding devotions of the daj. lie thn }» 
ccedcd to gather his family together, calling :bfl 
one by one. 

'* Mother!" he cried, fitwn the top cf the star, 
meaning his wife. 

** Yes, father," answered Mrs. Bmcc. 

*' Come to worship. Uobert !** 

*' Ay, father." 

** C'ome to worship. Johnnie !" 

And so he went throngh the family rf>n-rt8, 
as if it were n part of some strange litni^, 
When all had entered and seated ihenuclffs 
the head of the house went slowlv to ibe r^ 
table, took frrm it reverentially the late W!i»' 
ter's study hihle, sat down bv the window, IsJ 
the book on his knees, and soJemnlv opened iL 

Now a rive-iK>und note is not thick enos^ii 
make n big Bible o])en between the ps|!es vbR 
it is laid ; but tho note might verr well bi** 
l)ecn laid in at a place where the ]6ible vasii 
the habit of opening. Without an instant's hes- 
itation, Robert slipped it away, and cronpliif 
it up in his hand, gave out' the twenty-ikiri 
psalm, over which it had lain, and read ittliRS^ 
Finding it too short, however, for the ttfY^- 
ability of worship, ho went on with the t«cf^- 
fourth, turning the leaf with thumb and foicftt' 
ger, while the rest of the fingers clasped thesoK 
tight in his palm, and reading as he turned— 

*' lie that hath clean hands and a pure heart'-'' 

A< so(m as he hod finished this paalm, heckN^ 
the book with n snap; feeling which to hsf? 
)>ecn inii>ropcr, he put an additional compntt- 
tin^ fuilemnity into the tono in which he sskl" 

** Tliumas Crann, will you engage in pcavcrr* 

** Pray ycrsel',** answered Thomas gmffl'r. 

Whereupon Robert rose, and, kneeling Jovi, 
did pray himself. 

Br.t Thomas, instead of leaning fonraid<4 
his rhnir when he knelt, glanced aharplv lovsd 
nt Briiec. lie had seen him take sometbiar 



r 



ALEC FUHBES OF IIOWGLEK. 



9r 



. B thn Bible, end crumiilo ii iip in his hand, 

fe bat would not hsvo felt anj inclination la spoc- 
^f vlalo sboul it, liad it not been for the peculiorU' 
^B^'^ expression of enger lurpritc and bappf 



J Breed wiiicli cuno over his facs i: 
g Having at 






iving seen tint, and liGing alwovi 

_H -ICM auifpicioiu of BrucD, be wanted to know 

^^ mora ; and nai thus led inlo an action of whlcli 

^^ ha would not have bcUoved it poasiblo lio ahould 

^ ever be g<iilt]-. 

^ UesawBruco lak« advanlago oflhe [loscare of 

1 k derotion which be bod anamed, lo put ■nmetliing 

'*' ^ laloliis pocket imiecn of biiEUCsUjas he believed. 

E When worship wm over, Bruco did not ask 

3 fhem to stay to supper. Prajen did not invoWo 

S«xpenso; supper did. But Tbomas at least 

BoDiild not have itnjed longer. 

Hd left his friends and went home ponderint;. 

The dovoiions of tiio dnj were not lo be conclu- 

n with anj social act oT wonhip. He 

anxious prayers jot to onl^r. before 

llii heart would be qnieC in sleep. EapecinlJy 

there was Alec to be prayed for, and hii ilawtie, 

■* Annie; and in troth tho whole town ofGlamor- 
^' ton, andlbesurionndingpariahcs — andScotland, 
^> and the world. Indeed sometimci Thomas 
fc% went farther, and atthooch it i« not roportad of 
f^ kim that he ever prayed for ihe devil, as lliat 
■C worthiest of Scotch clergymcti prayed, ho yet 
did (omelhing very like it once or twice, when 
Ik prayed for " the haill universe o' God, nn* a' 

KM bein's in *i, up and doon, that we ken nneo 
ttle aboot." 



CHAPTEB LV. 

tuB next morning Kato and Alec roM early, 
to walk before breakfast to the lop of one of the 
fcilll, throuch ayonng larch wood which eorered 
'' from head to foot. The morning was cool, 

d (ho sun exultant as a gooil child. Tlio rlevr- 
diamonds were Hashing everywhere, none Ihe less 
lovely that they were frcsh-'made that tourning. 
The Inrk'l sonji was a cantata with the son and 
the wind and the larch odors, in short, the whole 
noming for the words. How the larks did sing 
thai moTning 1 The only clouds were long pnle 
delicate streaks ofluvuly gradations in gray; here 
noiilcd, tliere swept into carves. It was just tho 
morning to ronso a wild longing for motion, for 
the sea and its shore, for endless travel Ihroagh 
«n endless region of grace and favor, the sun 
rising no higher, iho dew lingering on every 
blade, and Ihe lark never wearying for his nest. 
Kate longed for soma inilnitade of cliange with- 
out vleissimde— ceaseless progress towgi^ « goal 
•Ddlessly removed I Sha did not know that the 
door iolo (hat life might hai-c been easier to find 
in that ugly chapel than even here in the vcsli- 
butc of heaven ■ 

" My nurse used to call iho lark 'Our Lady's 
hen,' " said Kate. 

"How preiiyr" answered Alec, and had no 

"Are lbs people of Glamorlon very wicked, 
Alec?" asked Kate, making another ailempi to 



"Oh ! they nit preach like that — except good 
Mr. Cowie, and he 'i dead-" 

"Do you think he knew belter than the rest 
of Ihem f " 

"1 don't know that. Bui the miisionnrs do 
know Bomelhing that other people don't know. 
And thai Mr. Tumbnil always speaks as if be 

"Yes, he docs." 

" Bdi there 's that follow Bruce !" 
" Do you mean the man thai pul us into hi* 
scat?" 

"Yei,I cm'l think what makes my moLhcrso 

■' Why shouldn't she be?" 
" Well, yon see — I can'l bear him. And I 
ran'l undcninnd my mother. It's not like 

In a moment more they were in a gentle twi- 
light of Rrcen, flashed with streaks of gold. A 
forest of dclicale young larches crowded them 
in, their rich brown cones hanging like the knops 
that looped up their dark earmcnn fringed with 
paler grflDD. And the scent! What a thing lo 
imrtnl — the smell of a larch woodi It is the 
essence of the earth odor, disiillcd in ibe ihon- 
sandfold alembics uf tlioso feathery trees. And 
the light wind that awoke, blew murmurous 
music, so sliarply and iwoetty did that keen foli- 
age divide the air. 

Having gnscd their (ill on the morning aronnd 
them, they rclnmcd to breakfast, and after break- 
fast they went down to the river. They stood 
on Ihe bank, over one of ihedecpe»l pools, in the 
bottom of which the pebbles glimmered brown. 
Kale gaied inlo it abstracted, fascinated, swing- 
ber neckerchief in her hand. SomctluDg 



1 
I 



fell ii 



1 ihew 



" I ihought Irom Mr. Tumbnll's sermon that 
Ihey moat be a great deal worre." 



Oh !" she cried, '■ what iboll I do ? It was 
my molhor's." 

The words were scarcely out of her month 
when Alec was in the water. Bnbblea rose and 
broke as he vanished. Kate did not scream, 
but slood, pale, with parted lips, staring into the 

Eoal. With a boiling and heaving of the water, 
D rose triumphant, holding up the brooch. Kale 
gave a cry and threw herself on the grass. 
When Alec reached her, she lay sobbing, and 
would not lift her head. 

" You are very unkind, Alec," she said at last, 
looking up, " What will your*mathar say ?" 

And ahe hid her face and began lo sob afresh. 

" Ii was your mother's brooch," answered Alec 

" Ves, yes) but wo could have got il ODlsomc- 



joa, Kate." 

■' Yon shouldn't have frighWncd me. I had 
liocn thinking how greedy the pool lnokcd,"said 
Kale, rising now, as if she dared not remain 
longer beside it. 

*' I didn'l mean to frighten yon, Kate. I nev- 
tr thought of it. I nm almost a watcr-f>t." 

"And now you'll get your death of cold- 

Alco laughed. He was in no Imrrj lo go 
home. But ahe seised hia hand and half dmggcd 
him all iho way. He had never bocn so liappT 
in hU life. 

Kate had cried bccauao he had Jumped into 



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That night they bad a walk in the moonlight. 
It was all moon — the air with the moon-coro in 
it; the trees confused into each other bj the 
sleep of her light ; the bits of water, so many 
moons over again ; the flowers, all pale phantoms 
of flowers : the whole earth, transfused with re- 
flex light, was changed into a moon-ghost of its 
former self. They were walking in the moon- 
world. 

The silence and the dimness sank into Alec's 
soul, and it became silent and dim toa The 
only sound was the noise of the river, quenched 
in that light to tlie sleepy hush of moon-haunted 
streams. 

Kate felt that she had more room now. And 
yet the scope of her vision was less, for the dusk 
had closed in around her. 

She had ampler room because the Material 
had retired as behind a vail, leaving the Imma- 
terial less burdened, and the imagination more 
free to work its will. The Spiritual is ever put- 
ting on material garments; but in the moonlight, 
the Material puts on spiritual garments. 

Kate sat down at the foot of an old tree which 
stood alone in one of the fields. Alec threw 
himself on the grass, and looked up in her face, 
which was the spirit-moon shining into his world, 
and drowning it in dreams. The Arabs always 
call their beautiful women moons, Knte sat as 
silent as the moon in heaven, which rained down 
silence. And Alec lay gazing at Kate, till si- 
lence gave birth to speech — 

*' Oh Kate I How I love you !*' he said. 

Kate started. She was frightened. Her mind 
had been full of gentle thoughts. Yet she laid 
her hand on his arm and accepted the love. But 
how? 

** You dear boy !" she said. 

Perhaps Kate's answer was the best slie could 
have given. But it stung Alec to the heart, and 
they went home in a changed silence. The res- 
olution she came to upon the way was not so 
good as her answer. 

She did not love Alec so. Ho could not un- 
Jcrstand her; she could not look up to him. 
But he was only a boy, and therefore would not 
«uffcr much. He would forget her as soon as 
she was out of his sight. So as he was a very 
dear bov, she would be as kind to him as ever 
she could, for she was going away soon. 

She did not see that Alec would either take 
what she gave for more than she gave, or else 
turn from it as no gift at all. 

When they reached the house. Alec, recovering 
himself a little, requested her to sing. She com- 
plied at once, and was foolish enough to sing the 
following ballad : 

It in May, and the moon leana down all ni;;bt 

Over a bloMomy land. 
By licr windoir sits tlie lady white, 

With her chin upon her hand. 

** O Ring to me, dear nightingale, 
The song of a year ago ; 
I have had enough of longing and wail. 
Enough of heart-break and woe. 

" O glimmer on me, my apple-tree, 
lAkia living flakes of snow ; 
Let odor and moonlight and melody 
In the old rich harmony flow.** 

The dull odora stream ; the cold bloAroms gleam ; 

And the bird will not be gUd. 
The dead never ppeak when the living drean)— . 

Tbejr are too weak and lad. 



She lirtened and mte^ till night grew Ut«, 

Bound by a wcaiy spell. 
Then a face came in ai the citrdcn gate, 

And a woodrtnu thing faefelL 

Up rose the Joy aa well a« the lovei 
In the song, in the acenf, in the abowl 

The moon grew glad in the sky above, 
The bloiaom grew rosy below. 

Tlie blossom and moon, the scent and the time, 

In ecstasy rise and falL 
But they had no tlianka for the granted boon. 

For the lady forgot them all. 

There was no light in the room except that of 
the shining air. Alec sat listening, as if Kate 
were making and meaning the song. But Dot- 
withstanding the enchantment of the night, ijl 
rosy in the red glow of Alec's heart ; notwith- 
standing that scent of gilly-flowers and sweet- 
peas stealing like love through every open door 
and window ; notwithstanding the radiance of her 
own beanty, Knte was only singing a song. It 
is sad to have all the love and dl the mystery to 
one*8 self — the other being the centre of the glory, 
and yet far beyond its outmost ring, sitting on a 
music-stool at a common piano old-fashioned 
and jingling, not in fairy-land at all in fact, or 
even believing in its presence. 

But that night the moon was in a very genial 
humor, and gave her light plentiful and golden. 
She would even dazzle a little, if one looked at 
her too hard. She could not dazzle Tibbie thongh, 
who was seated with Annie on the pale green 
grass, with the moon about them in the air and 
beneath them in the water. 

"Ye say it *s a fine munclicht nicht, Annie.** 

** Ay, 'deed is 't. As bonnie a nicht as ever I 



saw. 



»> 



** Wccl, it jist passes my comprehension — boo 
ye can see, whan the air *s like this. V the win* 
ter ye caiina sec, for it 's aye canld whan the 
sun *s awa ; and though it *s no canld the nicht, 
I fin* that there 's no licht i* the air — there 'a a 
diflbr ; it *s deid-like. But the soun* o* the water 
*s a' the same, and the smell o' some o* the flowers 
u bonnier i' the nicht nor i' the day. That *8 a' 
verra weel. But boo ye can see whan the sun *« 
awa, I say again, jist passes my comprehension. ** 

** It *s the mnnc, ye ken, Tibbie.*' 

**Weel, what 's the roune? I dinna fin* 't. 
It mak's no impress upo* me. Te ocaaa see sae 
weel *s ye say, lass !'* exclaimed Tibbie, at length, 
in a triumph of incredulity and self-assertion. 

**WeeI, gin ye winna believe me o'yer ain 
free will, Tibbie, I maun jist gar ye,** said An- 
nie. And she rose, and running into the cot> 
tagc, fetched from it a small pocket-bible. 

'*Noo, ye jist hearken, Tibbie,** she said, as 
she returned. And, opening the Bible, die read 
one of Tibbie's favorite chapters, rather slowly 
no doubt, but with perfect correctness. 

** Weel, lassie, I canna mak heid or tail o*V* 

** I *1I tell ye, Tibbie, what the mnne aye minds 
me o*. The face o' God *8 like the sun, as ye hao 
tellt me ; for no man cud see him and live.** 

" That 's no sayin', ye ken,*' interposed Tibbie, 
" that we canna see him cfter we *ro deid." 

"But the mune," continued Annie, disregard- 
ing Tibbie's interruption, " maun be like Un face 
o' Christ, for it gies licht and yo can Inik at it 
notwithstandin*. The mune *s jist like the snn 
wi* the owcr-muckle taen oot o* *t. Or like Motes 
wi' the vail owrr '* face, ye ken. The fowk endna 
lui'N at him till he pat the vail on.*' 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



99 



" Na, na, Uus ; that winna do ; fur yo ken his 
coontenance was an tho san shincth in his 
strenth.'* i 

"Ay, hot that was eftcr the resurrection, yc 
ken. I 'm thinkin* there bad been a kin' o' a vail ^ 
owcr his face a* the time he was u|io* the earth ; ■ 
and syno whan he gacd whaur tlierc war only 
heaTenly een to laik at him, ecn that could bide 
it, he took it aff." 

" Weely I wadna wonner. 3I:iy be ye *rc richt. 
And gin ye be richt, that accounts for the Trans- 
figuration. He jist lifted the vail nflf o* 'm a wee, 
and the glory ancath it lap oot \\V a Icmc like 
the lichtnin*. But that muoelicbt ! I can mak 
naethingo*'t." 

" Weely Tibbie, I canna mak ron oot, ony 
mmir nor ye can the munelicht. Whiles yo ap- 
pear to ken a' thing aboot the licht, an' ither 
whiles ye *re clean i* the dark." 

** Never ye min' mc, lass. I s* l»c i' the licht 
■omo day. ' Noo wo *11 ganj; into the lioose.*' 



CHAPTER LVI. 

Murdoch Malison, the schoomastcr, was ap- 
pointed to preach in the jMirish church the fol- 
lowing Sunday. Ho had never preached chore, 
for be had been no faroricc with Mr. Cowic. 
Now, howerer, that the good man was out of the 
wmy, they gave him a chance, and ho caught at it, 
thoufdi not without some misgivings. In the 
■chool-desk, " he was like a maister or a pope ;" 
bat the pulpit — how would ho fill that ? Two 
rcsolntions he came to ; the first that he would 
not read his sermon, but commit it and delix'cr it 
aa like the extempore utterance of which he was 
incApaUe as might be — a piece of fiilsehood en- 
tirely ttiiderstood, and justified by Scotch cus- 
tom ; the second, to take rather more than a hint 
from the fashion of preaching now so much in fa- 
vor among the soccders and missionars : he would 
be a Ju/riter icmansj wicldin;; the forked liplit- 
uinf!B of thelaw against the sins of Glamcrton. 

So, on the appointed day, having put on a now 
anit of black, and the gown over it, he ascended 
ihc pulpit stairs, and conscious of a strange tim- 
idity, gAfe out the psalm. Ho cast one furtive 
glimce anmnd, as he took his seat for the sing- 
ingv and saw a number of former as well as 
present pupils gathered to hear him, among 
whom were the two TrufTv^ys, with their grand- 
father seated between them. He got tli rough 
the prayer rery well, for ho was accustomed to 
that kind of thing in the school. But when he 
came to the sermon, ho found that to hear boys 
repeat their lessons and punish them for failure, 
did not necessarily stimulate the master's own 
memoiy. 

He gave out his text — ^Tlie Book of the Proph- 
et Joel, first chapter, fourth verse. Joel, first 
and fourth. "That which the palmer worm 
hath left, hath tho locust eaten ; and that which 
tbelocnst hath left, hath the canker-worm oaten : 
and that which tho canker-worm hath Icfr, hntli 
Ibe caterpillar eaten." 

Kov if he could have road his sermon, it 
would hare sliown itself a most creditable invrn- 
tion. It had a general introduction u[)on tin* 
lenporal punishment of sin ; one head entitled, 
*'Tiie corai^etenesa of tho in^ictiou;'* and an- 



other, *'The punishment of which this is the 
tv'pe ;" the latter showing that those little creep- 
ing things were not to bo compared to the great 
creeping thing, namely, tho worm that never 
dies. 'Fhesc two heads had a number of horns 
calleil/Kir/irii/m*« ; and a tail called an tijtplicatum^ 
in which the sins of his hearers were duly chas- 
tised, with vague and awful threats of some ven- 
geance not confined to the life to come, but 
ready to take present form in such a judgment 
as that described in tho text. 

But ho had resolved not to read his sermon. 
So he began to repeat it, with sweeps of tho 
hands, pointings of the fingers, and other such 
tricks of second-rate actors, to aid tho self-delu- 
sion of his hearers that it was a genuine present 
otithurst from the soul of Murdoch Malison. 
For they all knew as well as he did, that his ser- 
mon was only "cauld kail hot again." Bur 
some family dishes — Irish stew, for example, or 
Scotch brotli — may bo better tho second day 
than the first ; and where was the harm ? AH 
concerned would have been perfectly content, if 
ho ha<l only gone on as ho began. But as ho ap- 
proached the second head, the fear suddenly 
flashed through his own that he would not be 
able to recall it ; and that moment all the future 
of his sermon was a blank. Ho stammered, 
stared, did nothing, thought nothing— only felt 
himself in hell. Roused by the sight of the faces 
of his hearers growing suddenly expectant at 
the very moment whon he had nothing more to 
give them, ho gathered his seven fragmentan- 
wits, and as a last resort, to which he had had li 
vague regard in putting his manuscript in lii.-< 
pocket, resolved to read the remainder. But in 
order to give tho change of modo an ap])eanincv 
of the natural and suitable, he managed with a 
struggle to bring out the i^ords — 

** But, my brethren, let us betake ourselves to 
the written testimonv." 

Every one concluded he was going to quote 
from Scripture; hut instead of turning over the 
leaves of the Bible, he plunged his hand into the 
ahvHses of his coat. Horror of horrors for the 
))Oor autocrat ! tho pocket was as empty as his 
own memory ; in fact it was a mere typical pock- 
et, ty]»ical of the brains of its owner. The coM 
dew of agony broke over him ; he turned deadly 
pale ; his knees smote one another ; but ho made 
yet, for he was a man of strong will, a final fran- 
tic effort to bring his discourse down the inclined 
plane of a conclusion. 

** In fine," he stammered, ** my beloved breth- 
ren, if you do not repent and be converted and re- 
turn to the Lord, vou will — vou will — vou will 

* * tf 

have avcrv bnd han'cst." 

Having uttored this solemn prediction, of the 
import of which ho, like some other prophets 
knew nothing before he uttered it, Murdoch 
Malison sat down, a stickit viiuister. His brain 
was a vacuum ; and the thought of standing np 
again to prn y was intolerable. No more conld 1m> 
sit there ; for if he sat, the people would sit too. 
S<»m»?fhing must be done, and there was nobody 
to do nny thing. He must get out and then the 
]>oople would go home. But how could he cs- 
i'i\\>Q ? Ho durst not go down that pulpi^ stair in 
tho Kiu'ht of the congregation. He cared no moro 
for his vanished reputation. His only thought 
was how to got out. 

Meantime lY\e coxi^cgaXAoiv ^«& t%x\^>sAi t& 



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ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEK: 



fected. Some licld duwn their beads and laagh* 
ed immoderately. These were moitly of Mr. 
Malison's scholans the tine edge of whose nature, 
if it erer had any, hud vanished under the rasp 
of his tortures. Even Alec, who, with others of 
the assembly, held down his bead from sympathet- 
ic shame, cuuld not help remembering how the 
master hod iimdo Annio Anderson stand upon 
the furm, and bclieTing fur tlie time in a general 
retribution in kind. 

Andrew Truffey was cr^'ing bitterlr. His sobs 
wore heard through the church, anj some took 
ihuiii fur the sobs of Murdoch Malison, who had 
shrunk into the pulpit like a snail into its shell, 
M> that not an atom of his furm was to be seen 
except from the sidc-guUcrics. The maiden 
daughter of the late schoolmaster gave a shriek, 
and went into a small fit ; after which an awful, 
i|uite sepulchral silence reigned for a few mo- 
ments, bn)kcn only by those quirerin;; subs from 
Truftey, whom his grandfather was feebly and in- 
ctfcctually shaking. 

At length the precentor, George Macwlia, who 
had for some time been turning over the leaves 
of his psalm-book, came to the rescue. He roae 
in the lettem and gave out The hundred and fifty' 
Jirat paatm. The congregation could only lind a 
hundred and fifty, and took the lost of the psalms 
for the one meant. But George, cither from 
old spite against the tormentor of boys and girls, 
or fnim mere coincidence — he never revealed 
which — had chosen in reality a part of the 
fifty 'Jlrst psalm . 

*'The hunncr an* fifty-first psalm,** repeated 
George, '* from the fifieent verse. An* sync 
we *11 gang hamc. 

Mj cloifed lipa, O Lonl, by thoe 
Let thf m bo opened.** 

As soon as the singing was over, George left 
the desk, and the congregation following his ex- 
ample, went straggling out of the church, and 
home, to wait with doubtful patience for the 
broth which as yet could taste only of onions and 
the stone that scoured the pot. 

As soon as the sounds of retiring footrtteps 
were heard no more in the great echoing church, 
up rose, like one of Dante's damned out of n tor- 
ture-tomb, the form of Murdoch Malison, above 
the edge of the pulpit. With face livid as that 
t>( a corpse, he gave a scared look around, and 
not seeing little Truffcy concealed behind one of 
the pilUn, concluded the place empty, and half 
crawled, half tumbled down the stair to the ves- 
try, where the sexton was waiting him. It did 
not restore his lost composure to discover, in 
searching for his handkerchief, that the encum- 
brance of the gown had mode him put his hand 
ten times into the same pocket, instead of five 
times into each, and that in the other his manu- 
script lay as safe as it had been useless. 

But he took his gown off very quietly, put on 
his coat and forgot the bands, bade the old sex- 
ton a gentle rfood-day, and stole away home 
through the streets. He had wanted to get out, 
niid now he wanted to get in ; for he felt very 
miicrh as Lady Godiva would have felt if her hair 
or her heroism had proved unworthy of confi- 
dence. 

Poor Murdoch had no mother and no wife : he 
could not go home and l>e comforted. Nor wan 
ho a youth, to whom a first failure mij^ht be of 
small consequence. He was five-and-forty, and 



bis head was sprinkled with giw ; he wmiM 
master, and evevy bod j knew him ; ha hid In 
under him. As he walked mlong the dsnil 
streets, he felt thai he was mnning the gmdBrf 
scorn ; but every one who taw him eomiigai^ 
with his bead sunk on hia boBomy drew backfia 
the window till he had gone bj. Becmncs 
the window to look afier him, thej Mnr,te 
twenty yards behind him, a ■olitair littklpft 
vrith the tears running down ita faee^ iti^if 
slowly step for step, and keeping the smfr 
tance, after the dejected master. 

When Mr. Maliaon went into the lOli. 
Truffey had gone into the poreh, and tbenMri 
till he passed on his way home. Theivi 
stealthily set cmtch, pnttinR itdownasikiM 
beast sets down bis miching paw, otlwfm 
Truffcy and after tho master. Bnt bovticri- 
Icntly Trufit*y might use his third leg^ tbiis> 
ter heard the Mtumj* ttmmp behind him,SBiftft 
that ho was followed home every foot of tkw 
by the boy whom he had crippled. He 611,10^ 
in some dim degree which yet had practicil» 
suits, that the boy was takinj;; divine veiifasB 
upon him, heaping on his head the coab of Ai 
consuming fire which is lore, which isoor&i 
And when the first shame was orer, the ibo^^ 
of Truffey came back with healing on hiskidr 
heart. 

When he reached his own door, he dmdii 
and closed it behind, as if to shut out the vhh 
world through which he had passed withAi 
burden of contempt upon his degraded sbosUn 
He was more oshamed of his failure t***" he W 
lK!en sorry for laming TmflTey. But the i 
would pass ; the sorrow would endure. 
Meantime two of his congregatioii, 
|M>or old mulched wifiet, were going home tflfiii 
er. They were distantly related to the schori- 
master, whom they regarded as the honor cf At 
family, as their bond of relation with the ««iU 
above them in general and with tlie firifflbNd 
in particular. So wlien Elspeth oddresnd Met 
with reference to the sermon in a manner id»k 
(ill owed her determination to acknowledge ■ 
fiiilure, Meg took her cue diitsctly. 

** Eh ! woman ; it 's a aair ootlnik Ibr ^ 
fuwk like us, gin things bo gaein that gakr 

*' And 'deed it 's that, lass! Gin the bstnih 
goein to the moles and tho hats, it 's tiae w 
war awa hamc ; for it II be a cnuld winter." 

**Ay, that it will! Tho minister wMwr 
owercome at the prospcc*, honest man. Itvn 
a' he cud do to win at tho en' o* his daeoeni 
ohn gruitcn ootricht." 

'* lie sees into the will o* the Almicbty. Bi^ 
far ben wi' Ilim — that 's verm clear.*' 

"Ay, lass, ay." 

And' hence, by slow degrees, in the niddkrf 
the v.ngno prophecies of vengeance gatbocda 
more definite kernel of prediction, bcIicTcd If 
some, disbelieved, yet feared, by otheis— thtf 
the harvest would be so eaten of wonss la^ 
blasted with smut, that bread would be sp > 
famine prices, and tho poor would dte of stam- 
tion. 

But still the flowers came out and looked BM 
in tho face and went in again ; and still the Hi 
shone on the evil and on tho good, and still iki 
rain fi!ll on the just and on the niyust. 

And Mill the denunciations from the pflll 
went on : but the human souls thus 




ALEC FOUBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



101 



•the flret teemed only to harden under their in- 
fluences. 



CHAPTER LVII. 

Bbfosv the period of Katc^a visit arrived, a 
letter from Profcseor Fraacr, to the puriwrt that 
if Mrs. Forbes did not mind keepini; Kate a lit- 
tle longer, he wonld bo greatly indebted to her, 
came to Alec like a reprieve from execution. 
And the lUik longer lengthened into tlie Uito har- 
Teit oi that conntnr. 

The rammer shono on, and the com grew, 
green and bonnie. And Alec's love grew witli 
the eom ; and Kate liked him better and lict- 
ter, bnt was not a whit more inclined to fall in 
lore with him. 

One night, after the house was qaict. Alec, 
finding he coald not sleep, rose and went ont to 
play the ghost a while. It was a sultry ni{;ht. 
Great piles of cloud were heaped up in the heav- 
enn The moon gleamed and vanished bv fits, 
looking old and troubled when she sighed her- 
self oat of a clond. 

** There's a storm coming," snid Alec to him- 
self; and watched and waited. There was no 
wind below. The leaves of the binck poplar, so 
ready to tremble, hung motionless ; and not n 
bat came startling on its unheard skinny wing. 
But ere long a writhing began in the clouds 
overhead, and they wore twisted and torn about 
the moon. Then came a blinding flash, and a 
roar of thunder, followed by a bellowing, as if 
the air were a great drum, on which Titanic 
hands were beating and rolling. Then the rain 
po n ie d down, and the scent of the earth rose in- 
to the air. Alec ran to look np at Katc*s win- 
dow. His heart bounded when ho saw a white 
flgore looking out into the stormy dark. 

** Blate ! Kate !** he cried, in a loud whisper, 
'* eome ont —do come out. It*s so splendid !*' 

She started and drew back. Presently she 
reappeared, and opening the window, said — 

** Alee ! do come in.** 

** No» na Yon come out, Kate. Ton don*t 
know what it*s like. Yon have only to get into 
bed again.** 

KaSe hedtated. Bnt in a moment more she 
withdrew. Aloe saw she meant to come, nnd 
flew round to the door. In a few minutes she 
frtided silently ont, and fronted the black sky. 
The same moment another fljish, in which her 

S'rit seemed to her to be universal, flung the 
rkness aside. She could have counted the 
houses of Glamerton. The hills rose up within 
her very sonl. The Glamour shone in silvers 
The harvest gleamed in green. The lurch forest 
fanng like a cloud on the horizon. Then the 
blank dark folded again its scared wings over 
the world ; and the trees rustled their leaves 
with one wavy sweep, and were still. And again 
the rain came down in a tumult — warm genial 
summer rain, fnll of the life of lightning. Alec 
stood ' staring throngh the dull dark, as if ho 
wodd see Kate by the force of his will alone. 
The tempest in the heavens had awnked a like 
tempest in his bosom : would the bosom beside 
his receive his lightning and calm his i)cnt up 
storm by giving it space to rnvc? His hand 
took hm beseechingly. Another flash cnme. 
aad he saw her face. ' The whole glory of the 



night gloomed and flashed and flowed in that 
face. But alas ! its response was to the stormy 
heaven alone, not to the stormy human soul. 
As the earth answers the heaven with lightning 
of her own, so Kate, herself a woman-storm, re- 
sponded to the elemental cry. 

Her shawl had fallen back, and he saw a white 
arm uplifted, bare to the shoulder, gloaming 
through the night, and an eye flashing through 
the flood that filled it. Ho could not mistake 
her passion. Ho knew that it was not for 
him ; that she was a harp played upon by 
the elements ; yet, passioned still more with her 
passion, he cried aloud — 

** Oh, Kate, if you do not love me, I shall die." 

Kate started, and sought to take her hand from 
his, but she could not. 

*' Let mo go. Alec," she said pleadingly. 

His fingers relaxed, and she sped into the 
house like a bird, leaving him standing in the 
night. 

There was no more lightning. The rain fell 
heavy and persistent. The wind rose. And 
when the dawn came, the clouds were drifting 
over the sky, and the day was a wet gray fringy 
mass of wind and rain and cloud, tossing trees, 
and com hard bested. 

He rose and dragged himself away. He had 
thrown himself upon the grass, and had burned 
there till his exhausted feelings lay like smoul- 
dering fire under the pale ashes of the dawn. 

When Kate made her appearance at breakfnst 
she looked bright and cold. She had told his 
mother about last night, thongh how much he 
could only guess. When ho asked her whether 
ho might not read to her, she only said — 

" If you like.*' 

Whereupon he did not like. 

It was a dreary day. He crept about the 
house like a child in disgrace, and the darkness 
seemed an ago in coming. When the candles 
were brought, ho went to bod ; and when his 
mother went np, she found him asleep, btyt fever- 
ish. When be woke he was delirious. 

For a week there was nothing but wet and 
windy weather. Alec was in bed. Kate was 
unhappy. Mra. Forbes was anxious. 

The corn was badly lodged. Patches lay prone, 
tangled, spiky, and rough ; and 'it was evident 
that if sunshine, strong healthy sunshine, did not 
soon break out, the wretched mooncalf-predic- 
tion of Murdoch Malison would come true, for 
the com, instead of ripening, wonld start a fresh 
growth, and the han*est would be a very bad one 
indeed, whether the people of Glamerton rcfxint- 
ed or not. 

But after n grievous week that blessed snnshine 
did come. The corn rose up from its low estnre, 
looked at the sun, gathered hean, and began to 
ripen diligently. 

Bnt Alec was very ill, and did not see Kate for 
weeks. 

Throngh his wanderings — so strangely does 
the thousand times o*cnvritten palimpsest of the 
brain befool the mind and even the passions by 
the redawning of old traceo — he talkc*d on about 
Annie and their school doys with Mr. Malison, 
and never mentioned Kntc. 

Annie went often to inquire after him, nnd 
Mrs. Forbes bohnvcd to her with her old kind- 
! noss — just n little dilutedby anxiety and the poo- 
scsiiiou of Kale. 



102 



ALEC FORBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



When Annie thought widi liersclf what the 
could du for him, shu could ni'vcr think of any 
thine except saying sanys to him. But the time 
fi»r that was long ^onc hy. So, like many other 
dovuiiuns, hen found no outlet but in asking how 
lie w:iM. 

At lenp;th, one dtiy, he was brouf;ht down to 
(iiu (lining-room and laid njMm the sofa. Then 
tnr the first time tiince hi^ illness he s:iw Kate, 
ile looked in her fuce |iitifully iind kissed her 
hand. She put her face down to his. Tiie i>lood 
surged up into his check, and the li^ht into his 
eves and he murmured — 

**That is worth I>eing ill for, Kate. I would 
bc^i II again tor that.** 

She could only snv httsh, and then kiss him 
agiiiii, kst ho should bo hurt, tliinking with a 
boundless sigli — 

*' I shall be forced tn marr}' him some day.'* 

And he was neitiier her own virgin-boni ideal ; 
nor had his presence the |)o\ver to U'gct another 
and truer ideal in her brain. 

From that day he made rajtid progress. Kate 
would read to him for hours ; and when for lore 
and weakness — an ill-matched jinir — he could not 
look in her face anv more, he would vet lie and 
listen, till her voice fdlcd him with repusOi and bo 
■lept in music. 



CIIAITER LVIII. 

0:1 the Monday morning after his terrible fail- 
ure, Mr. Maliiion felt almost too ill to go to the 
school. But he knew that if lie gave in he must 
leave the place. And he had a good deal of that 
courage which enables a man to front the iufvi- 
table, and reap, against his liking, the bunefiis 
that spring from every fate steadfastly encoun- 
tered. So he went, keeping a calm exterior over 
the shame and mortification that burned and 
writhed within him. He ])rayed the morning 
prayer, falteringly but fluently ; called up the Bi- 
ble-class ; corrected their blunders with an effort 
over himself which imjmrtcd its sternness to the 
ttmc of the correction and made him seem obliv- 
ious of his own, though in truth tho hardest task 
he had ever had was to find fault that Monday ; 
in short, did every thing as usual, except bring 
out the taff. llow could he punish failure who 
had himself so shamefully failed in the sight of 
them all ? And, to the praise of Glamerton bo 
it recorded, never had there been a quieter day, 
one of less defiance of law, than that dav of the 
master's humiliation. In the afternoon, Andrew 
Truffey laid a splendid buncl^ of cottage-flowers 
on his desk, and the next morning it was so 
crowded with offerings of the same sort that ho 
had quite a screen behind which to conceal his 
emotion. 

Wonderful, let me say once more, is the divine 
revenge! The children would wipe away tho 
humiliation of their tyrant. His desk, the sym- 
bol of merciless law, the ark containing no ))0t 
of manna, only the rod that never budded, be- 
came an altar heaped with offerings, behind 
which the shamed divinity liowed his head and 
acknowledged a power greater than that of stripes 
— overcome by his 1)0\t», who hated sf)olling and 
figures, hated yet more tin* Shorror (':i:'cl'i<m, 
eonld hardly be brought to read the book of Lc- 



Titicos with decency, and limted to nakiM 
without straw; ami yet, forgetting it allfkiri 
the mun l>enoath whusc lonhes thejr had viiki 
in torture. In his lieart tho maater Tovciiit 
a new love which loosed tlio miH-stoneofM 
oflenses against the little onea, that had forqa 
been hanging about hu neck — rowed ihatbeAi 
shame what it might, he woald nererleavcthoi 
but s|jend his days in making up for the 
of ills heart and fiand ; rowed that he 
self lie good, and so make them good ; tha hi 
would henceforth be their friend, and let tha 
know it. Blessed failure ending in fochaii^ 
tory ! Blessed pnrgntortnl pulpit ! into «U 
he entered fall of self and sclf-endi; aDillia 
which he camedown disguatcd with that patorii 
AS well as its deserved defeat. The gntei of is ea 
fortress were now undefended, for Pride hid Id 
them o|)en in scorn; and Lore, in the fomi 
flower-bearing children, mahed into the rittU. 
The heart of the master waa forced toyield,fll 
the last state of that man waa belter than tbeisi 

^ Swift Summer into the Autnmn flowed," ■( 
yet there was no sign of the coming rcngeua^ 
heaven. The green com turned paleaiUate' 
fore the gaze of the aun. The life withii U 
done its best, and now alirunk back to the emk. 
leaving the isolated life of ita children to ih 
ri|)ening of the heavens. Anxionafarmemrakk- 
eu their fields and joyfully noted every aliaderf 
progress. All day the aun aliono atrong ; aadd 
night the moon leaned dom-n from hearea ton 
how things were going on, and keep the wad 
gently moving, till the sun should return to tdi 
it up again. Before he came, a ahadomrfna 
would just breathe on tho earth, which, alilao^ 
there was only death in ita chill, ret ftaikaei 
the goings-on of lifein repelHni; the iu>w ndai 
sap, and so helping the sun to drr the ripoi^ 
cars. At length the new rcrclation of aaciA 
life was complete, and the com stood in ling 
gold, and men began to put in the aickle, beeiMe 
the time of the han'est waa come. 

And with it came the hairMt-piam^ the erentd 
school-life lN>th to master and achcuarf. Hot the 
feelings with which the master watched and Iob^ 
ed for it were sadly different from then of ik 
boys. It was delight itself to the latter lo thiik 
of having nothing to do on thoae gknioai boi 
days but gather blaeberriea, or lie on the pt^ 
or bathe in the Glamour and dry themielva ■ 
the sun ten times a day. For the'maater, beoslv 
hoped to get away from the aix thonaand eyctof 
Glamerton. Not one alloaion had been nMiieii 
his hearing to his dismal degradation, bet ht 
knew that that was only becauae it waa too dicai- 
ful to bo alluded to. Every time he pa«cd i 
woman with a baby in her arma at a cottage dooi; 
tho blind eyes in the back of hia head saw her 
cuddling her child, and the ears that are ahrsii 
hearing what never was said, heard her hopo tbil 
he would never bring such disgrace nponbinttif 
and upon her. The tone of additional kindoca 
and consideration with which many addiutrf 
him, only ro.ide him think of what lay behind, 
and refuse every invitation gircn him. Bat if hi 
were once ** in secret shadow far from all ■ea'k 
sight," his oppressed heart would begin tonriit, 
and he might gather strength enough tofiM vitk 
calmnoss what he would continue to lace ioa^ 
how, in tlio |M>rf<>rmance of his arrean ofdatyll 
the boys ami girls of Glamerton. 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



Can 01 



duir? • 
miiko lip for wrong done? Will nut 

:nvi.'ti bo. mi cntllt^u icpenuiiice? 

li tvuulil [ic«il n Louk to aniwer the flrat two 
nrthcsu (jueBliuns. To lliolutofthcm I answer, 

Vm— bul ■ b'oJ repenianeo." 

At lengtli the alow hour BiriTeil. LonKiag 
thouelila hull almoit ubliterated the Ggurci upon 
—' " 1, and mado it look « bopelcu undi- 

»id«J cirrle of oternil;. But nt length twelru 
'clock on Siilardn; cnmo ; and ihedeligbi would 
Itarebcen nlmoetnnendurabletocome, boil it not 
he dreni7 proximitj of ihe Siib- 
balh lying beiireen them and freedom. To add 
to tlieir jo;, (here was no Catechism that dur. 
The prajer, although a tiltlo longer than muni, 
«a« j<A over within a minute aRer the lionr. And 
'•Imost as loon a* the Amta wai out of the moi- 
t(er'( mouth, the Am bofi were ahoutitig jubilant- 
ly in the open nir. Truffey, who wns ntirnj* the 
Jut, was cnilcbing it onC after the rest, when he 
heard the master's voiee cnlling him bnrk. Ho 
'Obeyed it with misgiving — so much bed fear ba- 



nLshl 01 



eek^" 



efori 



Yes, sir," Trufley meant to any, but the nt- 

ipt produecd in reality an unearthly screech 

ef delight, with which be went off on a (urie* of 

■ponndi worthy of a kangaroo, lasting all thcwnv 

10 his gmndfothcr'a, and taking bim there In baff 

And the mailer nnd Truffey did eo down to 
the Ku together. The nmsior borruwcd a gig 
hired a hone and driver ; and they sat all 
in Iho space ucont tor two, and their boxes 
t by tlie carrier. To hnppy Trulfuy a lame 
leg or iwo wai not to bo compared with tlio ex- 
' ni glory of thai day. Was he not the mns- 
frieod lienceforth 7 Andwauhe not riding 
gii; — bliu supremo 7 And ivaa not ihe Imr- 
around them, the blue tent oT the tun over 
their heads, and the sea Bomewheri' k'forD [bein ? 
TruSej won prouder than Mr. Maliun ciiuld 
liaTS been if, instead of the result of that diMts- 
Sunday, he had been judged to sur)iiitis Mr. 
Tnnibull in pulpit nitta, as he did In scliulaalic 
■cqniremenls. And if there be as much jov in 
lie onlvcne, what matter how it ba divideil '. — 
'liethar the master be raised from the dctk to 
the pulpit, or Troffcy have a ride in a (lig I 

AhonI ibis time, Tibbie, sitting loa Ule one 
evening upon Ihe gnus, caught a bod cold nnd 
conch, and was fur a fortnight conflncd 10 bed. 
Within two days Annie became her cnnntnnt 
companion — that is, from the moment iht /Jag 



I letl't yo I wad hae the licht afore lang," 
■tic said ibe flrat time Annie came tn her. 

" Hoolf, Tibbie ! It 's only an ill enuld an' a 
host," said Annie, who from being mi muoh with 
her and Thomas hod caught Iho modcn uf nn 
elderly woman. " Ye maunnn be doonherlit." 
'■Uoouhertit: The buiic '■ haverin': Whn 
daurcd to say ihnt 1 was doonliertii wiililn 
o' Iho New Jernsalcmf Order yer words 
belter, buale, or else baud yer tongue." 

I beg yi^r pardon, Hbbie. It wnt ill-consid- 
ered. But ye see hooever willin' yo may be lo 
gsng, ne *ro nana sae wjllln' to lat gang ih< 
o'ye." 



'■Ye '11 be a. hantle better withont mo, lass. 
Oh, my held! And the host's jist like to rive 
me in bits, as the prophcls rare ibeir elaes whan 
Ihofowkconiredlhem oweraiiinobide. Aweel! 
Tbii body's nothing but a whecn clact 
aovrl; and no Terra weel mado cither, for the 
holt» for my ecu war forgotten i' the mnkio'. 
I 'mhit jokin', lassie: for it was the Lord's han' 
that made and miitnade my rises ; and I~ 
weel willin' to wear them ns Inng 's ho likes. 
Jist maka drappy o'sioorum to me. May be ii 'II 
ile my ihrappic a bil. I winttn be long ehln 
Emio Shawn. '' 

•That was the woman who had occnpied tlie 
other end of the foliage and had died in the 
spring. 

So Annie waited on Tibbie day and night 
And that year, for Iho Grst lime lince site came 
to GInmurtnn, the han-esl began without her. 
But when Tibbie got n little better, she used to 
run onl now and then lu see what progress the 
reapers were making. 

One bright forenoon, Tibbie, feeling better, 
■aid lo her — 

" Koo, bairn, I 'm a hanllc better the day, and 
yo maun jiil rin 001 nnd play jcrBel". Ve're 
bat a bairn. Ihoiigh yo liac the wit o' a wum- 
man. Ye '11 bo laid up Tersel' gin ye dinna get 
a stammachfu' o' the caller air noo and Itinn. 
Sae jJHt rin awa', an' dinna lat me ico ye nfoni 
denner-limc." 

At llowglen, ihenf happened, this year, lo b? 
a field o{ oBU not fur from the house, the reaping 
of which was lo begin that day. Il was verr 
warm, ond glorious wiih sunshine. So, aHcr a 
few stooks had been Ml up. Alee crawled out 
with tlie help of his nioiher and Knte, and Iny 
down on some slicarcs, sfaelicred from tlia sun by 
n stook, and walehed. The men and women 
and corn loaned nil one way. The oala liiinB 
their curtcd heads of little pendulons bcltn, nnd 
gave out n low murmuring sibilalion — its only 
lament tlint its day was over and sun and wind 
no more fur it. Through the high stalks gleam- 
ed now nnd then the lowly corn flower, and lie 
watched fur (he next bine star that would shine 
out as ther cnt the golden cloud away. Bui the 
sun rose till the slook eontd ihotler him no more. 
Pinu cnmo a flickering of the shndows of ibo 
tougcti heads athwart his face, and then ihc sun 
shone full n]x>n him. His mollnr and Rote hod 
left him fur a while, ond, loo weak or too Iniy to 
more, he lay with ctused eyes, wiihing that nome- 
ono would come lo hb nclp. Nor bod lie to 
wait long. A sudden shadow came over him. 
When ho looked up to And tlie snarco nf ihe 
eratcful relief, he coiiM ace nothing bnian npron 
held up in Iwo liiilo hanils behind the iilmk — 
hiding both the mn nnd ihe face of Ibe lielper. 

"Who's there?" he ankcd. 

"Ii's me— Annlo Anderson," came (him be> 
hind I lie un moving nprun. 

Now why would not Alec occepl ibii oilcn- 
tiaii from Annie? 

"Dinna aian' iberc, Annie," he mid. "I 
My mother will be hern in * 



103 ^H 

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Anniu dropped her arms, and turned away in 
lilcnrc. If Alec could have seen her face, he 
ivonld have been aorry ihal lie had refused her 
jprviee. She vanitbetl in n momeol. m> that 
I MmlWIiM aitd Kate never saw her. Th^ Mt 



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104 ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 

<fown hcAda him so as to shelter him, and he fell *' Whaar ^ot Bobeit Bmee Uiat gna* tBk, 

fast asleep. When he woke, he found his head Annie, dove ken ?*'rcaDined Thomas, aftcrwlito 

in Kate's lap, and her parasol casting a cool green ing his hypocrite in axlcnce for » few mnniM 
shadow oyer him. Ili^t mother had gone again. ' ** That *» mj Bible, Tliomaa. Anld Mr. Con 

Having made these diticoveries, he closed his cjes, gac *c to me whan he warn h'iii* neaiiuui*4eiL' 

and pretending to be still asleep, lay in a waking ** Hm ! hm ! ay ! ay ! And hoocam* tthsta 

drcnm. But dreams themselves must come to an didna lak' it and pit it i* yer ain kist ?" 

end. Kate soon saw that his face was awake, *' Maister Bmce tuik it and laid it rtbeim 

although his eyes were closed. as sune s I brocht it bame.** 

"I think it is time wo went into the honw, ' **I)id Maister Cowio •ajonjr thing to yvikai 

Alec," she said. "You have been asleep nearly . ony thing that was in 't, no ?*' 

an hour." ** Ay, did he. He spak* o* a fiTMom' M 

** Happy so long, and not knuw it ?** returned that he had pittcn in 't. Bat whan 1 Idkiifa 

he, looking up at her from where he lay. 't, I cudna fin* *t.** 

Kate blushed a little. I ihink ^ho began to '* Ay ! ay I Whan did ro Inik for * ?* 

feel that he was not quite a lM>y. But he obeyed ■ '* I forgot it for twa or thr^e dar^— narbit 

her like a child, and they went in togetiicr. week." 

When Annie vanished' among the stoolu after " Do ye min* that Sondaj nicht that twa a 

the rejection of her otfensl shadow, a throbbing three o* *s cam* haroe wi* Bmee, and had woi^ 

pain at her heart kept her from returning to the wi' him an* you?** 

rca])ers. She wandered away up the field toward ^* Ay, wccl encuch. It waa the fint time hi 

a little old cottage, in which some of the farm read oot o* my Bible." 

servants resided. She knew that Thomas Crann *' Was *t afore or cfter that 'at je loikit for At 

was at work there, and found him busy rough- nott ?** 

easting the outside of it. *' It was the neist daj ; for the mht •* At 

** Ye *rc busy harlin*, Tliomas," said Annie, Bible pat it i' my min*. 'l oa|*htna to hae AodI 

for the sake of saying something. iiboot it o* the Sawbath ; but it cam' o* tttT; wd 

'* Ay, jist helpin* to mak' a hecpocreet,** an- I didna luik till the Monondaj momin*, afcn 

swered' Thomas, with a nod and a grim Fmilc, as tlicy war up. I reckon Mr. Cowie forgot to|il 

he threw a trowclful of mortar mixed with small it in cfVer a*.*' 

pebbles against the wall. ** Hm ! hm ! Ay ! ay ! Wcel, ye wet, nAta 

"What mean ye by that ?** rejoined Annie. taks to themsels wings and flcea awa': and m 




clean face npo* 't, garrin' *t luik as gin it micht ken whan meal 's laid up ower lanis^ it braeA 
Stan* anither centuri', and nobody had a richt to < worms, and they eat the meal. But thcrdoUrii 
luik asclcnt at it." , liairm forbye, for thev *rB aaft cratera, and their 

** It Imks weel encuch.** | teeth cnnna do mnckle ill to the gimd. Brt 

" I toll *t ye that I was makin* a hcepocreet. ' there *m a kin* o' roost that irnthera and a kiB*o' 
There *s no a sowl wants this hoose to vtan*, but ' moth that breeds i* the gowd and siller vbi 
the mistress doon there, that doesna want to waur they *rc laid up i* the hert ; and the roost 'in 
the siller, and the rottans inside the wa*s o* *t, , awfu* thing foreatin* awa*, and the moth-craiea 
that doesna want to fa* into the cluiks o* Bawdrins hae teeth as hard *8 the siller that breeds then; 
and Collcy — wha lie in wnit for sic like jist as ; and instead o* eatin' the riller, like the mesl* 

the deevil does for the sowl o* the lieepocrcet. worms, they fa' npo* the gimel itael* that^tbe 

Come oot o' the sun, Inssie. Tiiis anld hoose hert ; and afore lang the hert itael 'a roostit a«i' 
is no a*thcgither a hcepocreet : it can iiaud tlie , wi* the roost, and riddlet throngh and thnWFb 
sun aff o' ye yet.'* I wi* the moths till it *s a naisty fUahionleia th if . 

Thomas liad seen Annie holding her hand to o* no use to God or man, not eren to mak* anek 
her head, an action occasioned partly by the heat . o*. Sic a crater *k hardly worth damnin'.** 
and partly by the rebuff Alec had given her., And Thomas threw trowelful after tiowelfiil of 
She stepped into the shndow lioside him. rough-cast upon the wall, making his hrpoeriH 

'Msna the warl'fu* o* bonnic things chea)>?'* | in all the composure of holy thoughts^ Aai 
Thomas went on. ** The sun *s fine and hct the , Annie forgot her trouble in his presence. For 
day. And sync whan he *s mair nor we can bide, \ Tiiomas wns one of those whom the prophet fiis^ 
there 'i« lots o* shaidows lyin' aboot npo* the face , isaw when he huid — *' And a man ahall be M 
o* the warr ; though they say there 's Kimc e<jun- | an hiding jtlace from the wind, and a covert frm 



tries whaur they *ro scarce, and the slinidow o' a tho tem|K*8t ; as rivers of water in a dnr plare, ti 

f[rc:it rock "s thought something o' in a weary | a shadow of a great rock in a weary'land.** I 
an'? But we sutlna think less o' a thing *causc do not mean that Thomas was felt to bemich br 



frc.'it rock *h thought something 

an'? But we sutlna think less o 

thorc 's plenty o' 't. We hae a heap o* the gosj>ol, all whom he encountered ; for his ambition 
but we iliiina think the less o' 't for that. Be- ' to rouse men from the sleep of sin ; to set t! 
cause ye see it *s no whether sliaidows he <loar or face to face with the terrors of Monnt Sinai; to 



no that we think mnckle or little o* them, but 
whether we Ikj richt het and tireil whan wo win 
till ane o* them. It 'sthat *at mnks the <liflrcr." 

Sorrow herself will reveal one day that she was 
only the beneficent shadow of Joy. 

Will Evil ever show her8;;lf the beneficent 
ibadow of Good ? 



*' shak* them ower the mon* o' the pit," till th«T 
were all but choked with the fumes of the brioh 
stone. But he was a shelter to Annie — and lo 
Tibbie also, although she and he wore too moeh 
of A sort to appear to the licst ndrantage in tbdr 
intrrcoiirse. 

** Huo *s Tibbie the day ?** said Thomas. 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



105 



" Bbe'» ■ wee bit better ibo d«y," answered 
Annio. 

" li 'i n grcBl preevilecgp, iMsie, and nno that 
je'llhBDtoaiuvcrfur, lobouie murk Ic wi' one o' 
the Lord's dec' as f c arc wi' Tibbie Uyater. 8bo 'e 
Mtno thrawn (Iwiiled) whilei, but Hhe 't n good 
hanesl wmnHH, tvba ha> tbo glorjr o' God aair at 
her hert. And abo 's telle me mj- duly und niy 
■ins in a mainncr worlby o' Debolirab (lie proph- 
eUti ; and I ave set myacl' lo owerconic Ihem u 

Sin thef bad bocD lUe airmy o' Siaem, whoni 
ael, tbo wife □' Hebcr, (ba Keniie, killed eftcr 
a wccl-dciorTod but loma eooardly faaBliion." 

Annio (lid not return to ibc liamut-field thai 
day. Sbe did not want to go near Alec again. 
So, after lingering awhilo willi Thomas, the , 
WJUtdarod slowly acnaa Bomo liclds of barlcy- 
■tabblc through which tbcfroshvonng clover was 
already iprei^Ing its lori green. She then wont I 
QTer the Glamour by ihc bridge with the three ' 
archer, down the pa'tb at the other end, occr the I 
■ingle RTuat Etone Ihat crossed llio dyer's dam, 
Ncd m into Tibbie's cottage. I 
Had Annie been Robert Brnco'ii own. she 
would hare had to mind the baliy, (o do port of 
the house work, and, being » wiso clii;d, to at- 
tend In the shop during meals, and so expcdiio 
'" feeding process which followed tbo graca. 
Rulieit Bruce was ignorant of how lililo 
lie knew about (ho investment of her property. 
He took her freedom of action for the result of 
<he knowiodgfl that she paid ber way, wboross 
Annie foiiowed her own impulse, nnd never 
thought nboDt the matter. Indeed, witli the ret. 
Joenco of Scoich people, none of her frienda had 
given bcr any information about ber little for- 

Had Brace known this, there would have 

no work too constant for her, and no liberty 
too small. 

Thomas did not donbt that Robert Bmco had 
ilolea the note. Bat ho did not see yet what he 
H^hl to do aboDt it. The thing would be hard 
» prove, and (he man who would steal would 
ie. Rut hu bitterly regretted lhat such a man 
ibould have found his way into llieir camoiunioQ. 



CIIAPTEK LIX. 

At length the com wai gntborcd in, all over 
ifae valley of the two rivers. The wool of the 
■beep stows again after they arc shorn, to keep 
them warm in the winter : when the dry siiibble 
alcks up short and bristly over the fletds. lo keep 
ihomwarm "Hcscstlereth his snows like wool.'' 
retumod from the soa^eoul. bring- 
ing Truflcy with him, radiant with life. Nothing 
could lengthen lhat shrunken limb, but in ihu 
other and the cratch together, he had more than 
the function of two. 

And the master was hb idol. 

And the master was a bapfiicr mnn. Tho 
scene of his late failun) bad begun lo fade n Ill- 
lie from his brain. The expanse of the cbnrch 
■nd ilio watting people was no longer a vision 
certain lo arise In tlio darkness that surrounds 
•leop. lie bad been laving and helping; and 
love and help had turned into a great joy, whcise 
tide washed from oDt his heart lite blllernns of 
bis remembered lin. When we lure iriily, nil 
iflMirt siu will bo sn-ept anaj. Lore 



ii the final alonemotil, of which and for which 
the sacriHce of the Atonement was mode. And 
till this aionemoni is made in evorv man, sia 
holds ia own. and God is not all in all. 

So the earth and all thai was therein did ilie 
master good. And be cnme hock able to took 
people in iho face — huioble still, but no longer 
humiliated. And when Ihe cbi!dien gathered 
once more on a Alonda; morning, witli the sad 
feeling thai the holidays were over, ihe masier's 
prayer was ditTcrcni from what it used to be, and 
tbework was less irksome than before, andscbool 
was not so very hateful after oil. Even the 
Shorter CalccUisoi was not the instrument of lor> 
lure which it had been wont to bo. Tho cords of 
ihe rack were not siraincd so tight as hereio- 

Bnt the cool bright mornings, and tho frosty 
evenings, with the pale gnxa sky aller sundown, 
spoke to the hcait of Alec of a comin)£ loa*. Not 
that Knto bad ever shown that she loved him, 
so ilint he even felt arestlens trouble in her pres- 
ence which hnd not been favorable to his iccov- 
ery. Yet as be Uy in the gloaming, and watched 
ihoeecrowsflying' homo, they seemed to be bear' 
ing something away with'tlicm on their blark 
wings; and ns the light sank and pnled on the 
horiion, nnd iho stars began lo condense them- 
selves into sparks amid the sea of green, like 
ihose llinl fleet phosphorescent when the prow 
of the vessel tronblca the summer sea, and then 
the fsllin^t stars of September shot across the 
darkening sky, he felt that n change was near, 
ihni for him ivinler was coming befbre its time. 
And the Itvea mw IVom their high watch-tower 
tho white robe of winter aJrcady diifVing np 
above the Rtr honion on tbo wind lhat followed 
blsfootsteps, and knew what that wind would be 
when it howled tormenting over those naked 
fields. Ho (heir leaves turned yellow and iirny, 
nnd (he frosty red of ago '""* ^'"^ '■P°" tlicm, 
and they fell, nnd lay. 

On one of those brigbi mornings, which make 
iho lieail feel so clear, the limbs so strong, and 
llic heart so sad, the doom fell in the cxpeclcd 
form, that of n leiier from the professor, lie 
wns flt homo al Inst, and wanted his nieco W 
mix bis toddy, ami scold his servants for him, 
from bolh of which enjoyments he said he de- 
sired to wean himself in time. Alec's heart sank 
within him. 

" Don't go yei, Kate," ho snid. But be felt 
that she must go. 

An early day was flied for her return; and 
hbi summer would go with her. 

The day before herdeparlure, they were walk- 
ing logcihcr along one oflhe rough parish road* 
leading to tho hills. 

"Oh, KateVcxcluimcd Alec.aIlaloncc,in nn 
outburst of despair, " what Mialt I do when you 
are gone? Every thing will hmk so haceful!" 

"Oh, Alec!" rejoined Kate, in a tone of e»- 
poslnlation. 

■*Thcy will all look the came as tfyon bad not 
gone away I^-ao heartless, s" selfish 1'' 

"Bui I shall see you In November again." 

>' Oh. v«. Yon will see me. Bui shall I ••• 
ym r— ibis verv yw f Oh, Kale .' Kale I I feel 
iliai you will lie diffbreni then. Ynu will n 
bxik Ml inn n« von do now. You are kind lo me 
becauiH. I hnve l"-cn ill. Ton pliy mo for my 
while fuco. It it very gotnl of yon. It"' ■■■' *i 



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you love mc, Kate ? 1 don't dcscrro it. But 
l*vc read lo often of beautiful women loving 
men who did not dcaenrc it. Perhaps I may be 
worthy of it some day. And by that time you 
will hate loved somebody else !'* 

IIo turned involuntarily, and walked toward 
home. lie recovered himself instantly, howev- 
er, and returning, put his hand on Kate*s arm, 
who was frightened and anxious. Like a ciiild 
praying to his mother, ho re|>eatcd — 

*^ Won't you love mc, Kate? — Just a little ? — 
How can 1 go into that room after you are gone 
—and nil your things out of it ? 1 uin not good 
enough ever to sleep there again. Won't you 
love me, Kate ? A little?" 

*' I do love you dearly. You know that, Alec. 
Why do you always press me to say more ?** 

** Because 1 do not like the way you say if.'* 

'* You want me to speak your way, not my 
own, and be a hypocrite ?*' 

"Kate! Kate! I anderstand yon too well." 

Thev walked home in silence. 

Now, although this was sad enoiigli for Alec, 
yet there was room for hope. But hhc was go- 
ing away, and he would not know wliat she was 
doing or thinking. It was as if she were going 
to die. Nor was that all ; — fur — to misuse the 
quotation — 

*» For, Id that sleep of death, what droniaa ni?ght come !'• 

She might dream of some one, love some one — 
yes, marry some one, and so drive liim mud. 

When the last night arrived, ho followed her 
up stairs, and knocked at her room door, to see 
her once again, and make one more npi>eal. 
Now an ap]>eal has only to do with justice or 
pity. With love it is of no use. With love it is 
as unavailing as wisdom or gold or beauty. But 
no lover believes this. 

There was no answer to the first, the inninicn- 
latc appeal. He lost his courage, and dared not 
knock again ; and while Kate was standing with 
her head on one sido, and her dress half off, won- 
dering if any one had knocked, he crept away to 
his bed ashamed. There was only a partition 
of I.-ith and plaster I>etween the two, neither of 
whom could sleep, but neither of whom could 
give the other any comfort. Not even another 
thunder-storm could have brought them togeth- 
er again that night. 

At len^th the ;»itilcss dawn, which tnV/ come, 
awoke Alec, and he saw the last few aged stars 
wither awny as the great young star came up 
the hill, the despot who, crowned with day, 
drives men up and abroad, Ixs the weather, inside 
or out, what it may. It was the dreariest dawn 
Alec had ever known. 

K.ite ap()cared at breakfast with indeseribuble 
signs of prcf>arution about her. The break last 
was dull and cheerless. The uutuniu sun was 
brilliant. The inevitable gig a])pearc'd at the 
door. Alec was not even to drive it. lie could 
only help her into it, kiss her gloved hand on the 
rail, and see her vanish behind the shruljl>ery. 

Ho then turned in stern endurance, rushed up 
into the veryn>om he had thought it imi>ossib]e 
ever to enter again, caught up a handkerchief 
she had left behind her, pressed it to his face, 
threw himself on her bed, and— well, ho fell fa^t 
asleep. 

He woke not so miserable ns he had txiiceted. 
Of this be was so much ashamed that hu uicd 



hard to make himself more miicraUe, hj ptn 
over all the miseries in store for faim. Bnkt 
thoughts would not obey bim. Tbey would tib 
their own way, fly trliere thej pleaaed, andifiik 
where they would. And the meeting in N€n» 
her was the must attractiTe object in ligfaL-ji 
easily is Hope bom, when the time of htf M 
is come ! 

But ho soon foand that Grief is like m 
maidens : she will not come when she is ciU; 
but if you leave her alone, she will come of kh 
self. Before the day was orer he hadaciiinl 
griefs enough upon the altar of Lowv. All « 
once the whole vacant rtgUm mshed ia ^a 
him with a ghostly sense of emptiness sad d» 
lation. He wandered about the dieaiy hoai 
like a phantom about a cenotaph. The iom 
having nothing to say, becanae they had ttid 
to mean any thing, looked aahamed cf tkoh 
selves. The sunshine waa haatening to bnedM 
with if, and let the winter come as soos m k 
liked, for there was no more nao in shiaiif Bi 
this. And Alec being in love conld fed all Ai^ 
althongh ho had not much imagination. Ft 
the poetic clement has its shore in the nMBte» 
mon pug-faced man in creation; and whesk 
is in love, what of tliat nort there is in kta,a 
well as what there is of any sort ofgoodiUvi 
will come to the surface, as' the I root do iadi 
balmy summer evenings. Therefore lei tmi 
gentle maiden be warned how she takes ncki 
manifestation of what is in tlie man foriheaa 
himself. It is the deepest, it is the best inhia 
but it may not bo in the least liis own ycL bii 
ono thing to have a mine of gold in one's poni 
know it, and work it ; and another id ban ik 
mine still, but regard the stonr as a fable, ikrai 
the aureal hints that find their* way to the sarfm 
OS playthings to the woman who hcnvlf is lati 
plaything in the owner's eyes, and mock kr 
when she takes them for precious. In a voA 
ever}' man in love shows better than be i«, tbo^L 
thank God, not better than ho is meant lok* 
come. 

After Kate*s departure, Alcc*s health infroid 
much more rapidly. 1Iu|k% supplied fay hs 
(iwn heart, was the sunlight in which heienni 
He had one advantage over some lorc»--tliilk 
was no metaphysician. lie did not tortoiekifr 
self with vain attempts to hold his brsio m t 
mirror to his heart, that lie might read his hart 
then*. The heart is deaf and dnmb and bUsi 
but it has more in it — more life and bkssedBCik 
more torture and death — than any poor kroisi' 
edge-machine of a brain can understand, or erri 
delude itself into the fancy cf understanding 

From the first, Kate*s presence had not bees 
favorable to his recover)*, IrreKpectircIy cf ik 
excitement and restlessness which it occasioned; 
f(ir she was an absorbent rather than a diffioKf 
(if life. Her own unsatisfied nature, liereidit* 
I lioness, her openness to all influences frosBtbe 
external world, and her incapacity for snpplyioi 
her needs in any approximate degree from is- 
ward resources ; her consequent changeaUencak 
uKKKlincss, and de;K!ndency — ^were all nnfanai^ 
bio influences upon an invalid who loved bcr. 

The first thing ho did was to superhttend Af 
painting and laying up of his boat Kv the winMr. 
It was ])laced across the rafters of the bsnir 
wrapt in tarpaulin. 

The light grew shorter and shorter. A fev 



ALEC FORBES OF flOWGLKS. 



ineh niny day* atripped the traea of tlieir full- 
ge ; nnd sllhouj;h tlie lun shono out Bgain bdJ 
tads loTely ncatlicr, 

SaLgt MaiilD't auniEMr, IibIcjcd djtj*i 
: vita plain to &I1 iho senses that the autcmD was 
rawing lo a close. 



CHAPTEB LX. 
All thf prophetic minors ofa bad harvest lind 
roved iheiniclves false. Never a better harvest 
■d been gathered in the iirath, nor had one 
rer bi»jn cnrried home la nupcriur Condi liun. 
lul the passion far prophecy hod not abated in 
rUmcrton. It ivasu spiritanl cpiilctnic over the 
whole diairict. 

Nov a certain wily peddler had turned (he 
atlcr over and resulvctl to mnke something of 

One day there appeared in ihcitreetsofGbini' 
Ion a man carryinc in hii hand a bandls of 
papers as a sample of what he had in the pock 
upon liii shoulders, lie bore a burden of nrrath. 
They were all hymns and liallads of a minacioos 
description, now one and noir another of which 
he kept repealing in lugubrious reriiulivc. 
Jlmnng ihcm some of Watts'a, quite unknown 
to Glamerton worshipers, carried the palm of 
horror. But ihoro wore oihen which equaled 
Ibem in absurdity, althiiugh their most ludicrous 
portions affected the pupulace only as a powerful 
'Rnlizalion of the vague and awful. One of 
had the rotloming stanias: 



With wblch to luh irKDl Uilgll uid bin 

Thai »nd<r I^Din Iho lol ', 
Aod wIhiii OMdr wool U burnt anj— 

TlMmthCi HBie whip limy '11 fM, t vjr, 
Vpan tbtlt nkkvij ikla.'* 
The probability seems to be that, besides col- 
leciiuB from all soureea known to bim, the ped- 
dler had hired an able artist for the production uf 
original poems of comminalion. His scheme 
pncreedcd; fur great was the tale of these hymns 
and ballads at a halfpenny anlcce in the streets ! 
of Glamerton. Even ihoae who bought to langh, 
^uld not help feeling an occasional anticipatory I 
■ling of which, being sermon-seared, ihoy were I 
ver conscioni under palpit denunciation. I 

The peddler having emptied his wallet — not 
like that of Chancer's Pardoner, I 

Dr.-ltkil of pariinn brrxi:;lil finn noRM (ll hoi." I 

.bnt crammed wiib damnation brought all hot 
from a diffureni place — vanished ; and another 
wonder appeared in the slreets of Glamerton — | 
n who cried with a loud voioe, borrowing 
the cry of ihe ill-tempered prophoi— '■ Yet forty 
-"sya, and Glamerlon shall be deiiroycd." 
This cry he repeated aiawful iniervals of about 
minute, walking slowly thmngh erary street, 
lane, and close of Ihe lown. The children fol- 
lowed him in staring silence ; tile women gnted 
from their doon in awa as he passed. The in- 
Aanity which Klenmod in his ejea, and his pale 
long-drawn coimtpnancc, hcighirnnil (bo eflecl nf 
Um terrible prcdicliun. llisbelivriook theirs by 



llio men smiled to each other, hut could not 
keep it up in Ihe presence of their wives and sis' 
■era. U'hey said tmly that he was only a mad' 
man. Bnt as prophets have always been taken 
fur niad men. so madmen oflen pass for prophets ^ 
and even Siumpin' Stoenie, the lown-constahlo, 
had too much respect either to hii prophcl' 
claims, or his lunacy, perhaps both, to take hi 
into custody. So ibrough Ihe streets orGlamcr- 
lon ho went on his bare feet, with tattered gar- 
ments, proclaiming aloud the coming deBlriiclion. 
llownlked in the middle of Ihe street, and turned 
aside for nothing. The coachman of the Royal 
Mail had to pull up hia funr grays on ttieir 
haunches to keep them off the defiant prophet, 
and lenio him lo pursue the straight line of his 
mission. The ministers warned the people on 
the fullowing Sunday against false prophets, but 
did not any that man wag a false prophet, while 
with tbeir own denunciations they went on all 
Ihesame. The chief effect* of it all wero excite. 
mcnt and fear. There was little sign of rcnenu 
nnce. But the spiritual physicians did not ilierc- 
fore doubt their exhibition. They only increased 
iho dose. The prophci appeared ono day. He 
had vanished the next. 

But within ft few days, a still more awful pre- 
diuiiun ruse, cloud-like, on the spiritual skj. A 
placard was found nfflxod lo the dnors of every 
placD of worship in the town, setting forih inlnrgs 
Iellet3 that, according to certain irrefragable oil- 
culnliuns from "the nnmberof aman" and ol her 
BDChof the more definite ntterances of Daniel and 
St John, the Day of Judgment must without fail 
fall upoti tlie next Sunday week. Whencu this 
anniiuncoment came, no one knew. But Mio 
truth ia, ererv one was willing it should remain 
shrouded in tfie mystery congenial to sneli tilings. 
Uri iho door of the pariah -church, it found on vs- 
pccinllj luirablo place ; for that, not having been 
painted for many yean, still retained the mourn- 
ing into which it hod been put on occasion of the 
death of the great man of the neighborhood, the 
owner of all Glamerton, and miles around it — this 
mourning consisting of a ground of dingy black, 
over which at small regular distances bad been 
painted a multitude of while spots with tails rath- 
er more like commas than tadpoles, intended lo 
represent ihe falling (ears of lamciiling tenants 
and bnmhlc servant* generally. Cntly's grand- 
father had bef n the artist of Ihe occauon. In 
the middle of this door atnod the nwfnl prnphacy. 
surrounded on every side by I tie full uf the f^ed 
leara; and for nny thing any body knew, ii might 
have been a snpemittumi exudation from tlio 
damp old ehnrch, full of decay for many a dmiiy 
winter. Dreadful places, thoM ehurchea, hollow 
and echiiing all ihe week '. I wonder if the touls 
of idle iianons are condemned lu haunt Ihem, 
and that is what gives llicm ihat niualy oitiir 
and ihat exhauiting air. 

Glamerton was variontly affeetwi by this con- 
densation of the vapor of prophecy into a deflniie 
predii'tion. 

•'What think ve o' X Thomas Crann?"said 
Andrew Coiwlable. " Tlie calcleatiun seems lo 
be a' corrock. Vet somehoo I canna believe 

I "Dlnna fhsh yer held aboot It, Anerow. 
There '* a heap q' judgmenia at ween thl* 
an" Iho hinncr en'. The Lord 'II c 
mebody's laiUa' far Mn^Attij 



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ALEC FOKBES OF HOWGLEV. 



Ko are remdj. Ilka rear*! an anno dominj. ! " fiin thii hinrti, irn 11 han ■ wfm^'mii Ah 
But I dinna think the man that made that cal- to hinmelf, when be aaw how Uia wttm w^ 
cloation as je ca* 't 'i jist a*thegccthcr infallible, flooding the mven^ and beginning to hnmk At 
An' for ae thing, he '« forgotten to mak* alloo- trees upon the itm banks below. Tbe tern 
ance for the laip years.*' was in harmony with his foelingib The ddicii 

** Tlie day *« by, than !" exclaimed Andrew, in of the swMping waters ontored his soul, and fU 
a tone contrasting pretty strongly with his pre- him with joy and strength. As be tookfeoinr 
vious exprcwion of unbelief. Imck through the stunted trees^ each swathed ii 

* ' Or else it 's nae comin* sae sunc as the proph- its own mist, and dripping as if it were a sepsai 
et thoclit. I 'm no clear at this moment abuot rain-clond ; and through the boshes tbatvtfsi 
that. But it's a sma'maiticrthat.** him like pools; and through the streaBitlitf 

Andrew's face fell, and he looked thoughtful poured down the steep bank into the Gbaoa; 

** IIoo mak* ye tliat oot?*' said he. he thonght how diflerent it was when he viU 

** Hoots man!" answered Thomas ; "dinna ye there with Kate, when the ann was bngHsri 
see 'at gin the man was cawpable o' makin' sic a the trees were corered with green, mi th 
mistak *s that, i' the mids o' his perfcc' cuntidcnce heather was in patches of bloasom, and tbcnff 
in his ain knowledge an' jeedgmcnt, he cud hard- went clear-hearted and singing over its Mf 
ly hae been intendit by FroTidonce for an inter- channel below. But he would rather kiit k 
prater o' dark sayings of old ?*' ■ thus, now that Kate waa gone. 

Andrew burst into a laugh. i The floods then were alower in ridngLasdM 

" Wha cud hne thocht, '[Diomas, 'at yo cud hae to a much greater height than now. In tbep» 
pickit sic gumption oot o'stanes!" lent day, the numerous draina proride s iqU 

And so they parted, Andrew U^i^^ing, and and steady escape, so that there la no atcsnrfi 
Thomas with a curious smile. , tion of waters, and no barating of the aslb i 

natural or accidental resenroirs. And I ]riaai 
that from slow changes produced in the t^mat 
by cultiration, thcre%iaj be a leaa fall of wm 
now than there used to be ; for in some psm rf 
that country the rircrs have, within the ■wwr 
of middle-aged men, considemUj decrmri a 



CIIAITER LXI. 
TowABD the middle of the following week 



the sky gre%v gloomy, and a thick small inccssan j rolume. 
min brought the dreariest weather in the i^-orld. ■ That evening, in the scfaooln&nsler's lod|^ 
Tliore was no wind, and miles of mist were gath- TruiTey sat at the tea-table triumphant 1^ 
ercd in the air. Afbur a day or two the heavens master had been so pleaaed with an cxaee 
grew lighter, but the rain fell as steadily as be- • which he had written for him — written in toe 
tore, and in heavier drops. Still there was little ' too — that he had taken the boj home to tcaviA 
rine in either the Glamour or the Wan Water, him, dried him well at his fire, and given hinn 
and the weather could not bo said to be any thing much buttered toast as he could eat. TVifif 
but seasonable. I had often hod a like privilege, but never for m 

On the Saturday afternoon, wear>- of some poor ovation, as now. How he lored the master! 
attempts at Grcek'and Latin, wear>' of the wretch- I '^Truffey," said Mr. Malison, afker a Wf 
ed ruin« and wenry with wishing to lie with Kate, : pause, during which he had been staring intoi2s 
Alec could stay in the house no longer, and went , fire, "how's your leg?" 

out for a walk. Along the bank of the river he { ** Quite weel, thank yo, sir, *' answered TVaff?, 
wandered, through the rain above and the wet nnconsciously putting ont the foot of the wmv 
grass below, to the high road, stood fur a moment - leg on the fenucr. ** There waana onj ihiai ike 
on the bridge gazing at the muddy Glamour, maitter wi"t." 

which came down bank-full, — Annie saw him ; "I mean the other leg, Tmffey — the onetha 
from Tibbie's window as he stoo<l, — and then I I^that I— hurt." 

turned and followed its course below the bridge I 'Terfetly weel, sir. It*8 no worth fporis* 
through a wild, and now dismal countrr, to where | cfter. I wonner that je tak* aic paiaa wi'nc^ 
the waters met. It was getting dunk when he ■ sir, whan I was sic a nickuro.** 
reached the place. With what a roar the Wan ; The master could not reply. Bat he wasBOR 
Water came down its rocks, rushing from its grateful for Truiiey's gencrona foririveiiesB tbe 
stee|ier course into the slow incline of the he would have been for the richeat living in Scoi> 
Glamour ! A terrible country they came from — I land. Such forgiveneu is jnat giving m back 
those two ocean-bound rivers — up among the ' oufKclves — clean and happy. And for what pit 
hill-tofis. There on the desolate iieat-mosscs, I can we be more grateful? He vowed over afsii 
siKjngy, black, and cold, the rain was pouring into j to do all he could for Truffey. Pcrhnpa a stirkct 
the awful holes whence generations had dug their ; minister might have a hand in maldng a minister 
fuel, and into the natural chiutms of the earth, I that would not stick. 

soaking the f^til, and sendini; torrcntN, like the : Then the master read TmflFey'a queer conpo- 
flaxen hair of a Titanic Naiad, rolling into the sition alond, and notwithstanding all lib eonfci- 
bosom of the risin^i river-g(Kl below. The mist cntious criticism, TrofTev was delighted with hii 
hung there, darkening every ihiiig witli its white- \ own work when removed to an objective distancs 
n^Mifl, ever sinking in Adw fall upon the ftjipi^cry ' by the master's reading. At length Mr. Bfaliioa 
]>cat and the heather and the grny old K*)neR. ! said — 

Hv-and-by the pools would Im^ filled, tind the ** It *s time to go home, Andrew TVuffcT. M 
lii<lil«>n eavcii; their >>i(lcs would give way; the on my cloak — there. And keep oat of the pad- 
w:ii4*rs would rush tVom ihe one iiitr) rliu other, ; dies as much as you can." 

aiiii from all down tlie liiil-sides, and the earth- , '* I Ml pit the snia'fit in,''6aid Troffisy, hoMiiK 
. tfjHJUge tvould be drained off. • up the end of his crutch, as he strctchedU fowirf 



ALEC FOBBES OF UOWGLEN. 



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to nuJce one boand out of the door. For he de- 
l^g^ted in tbowiiig off hii agility to the maiter. 



CHAPTER LXIL 

Wbesi Alee looked oat of bis window the next 
momiDgy he saw a broad yellow expanse below. 
The Glamour was rolling, a mighty river, through 
the land. A wild waste foamy water, looking 
cold and torn and troubled, it swept along the 
fields where late the corn had bowed to the au- 
tumn winds. But he had often seen it as high. 
And all the com was safe in the yard. 

Neither he nor his mother regretted much that 
they could not go to church. Mrs. Forbes sat 
by the fire and read Hannah More*s " Christian 
Morals," and Alec sat by the window reading 
James Montgomery's ** World before the Flood," 
and watching the river, and the splashing of the 
rain in the pluvial lake, for the water was nearly 
a foot deep around the house, although it stood 
upon a knoll of gravel. 

All night Tibbie Dyster had Iain awake in her 
lonely cottage, listening to the quiet heavy rjo of 
the water from which all the sweet babbling 
iOflnds and delicate music-tones had dcpartc<l. 
The articnlation of the river-god was choked in 
the weight and hurry of its course to the ex- 
pectant sea. Tibbie was still far from well, had 
Lad many relapses, and was more than ever con- 
vineed that the Lord was going to let her see his 



Annie would have stayed with her that Satur- 
day night, as she not unfrequently did, had she 
■oc known that Mrs. Bruce would make it a pre- 
for giving her no change of linen for another 



The moment Bruce entered the chapel — for 
no weather deprived him of his Sabbath privi- 
leges — ^Annie, who had been his companion so 
far, darted off to sec Tibbie. When Bruce found 
that she had not followed him, he hurried to the 
door, bnt only to see her half way down tlie street. 
He tetamed in anger to his pew, which ho was 
ashamed of showing thus empty to the eyes of 
hi-* brethren. But there were many pews in like 
condition that morning. 

The rain having moderated a little in the 
•ftemoon, the chapel was crowded in the even- 
ing. Mrs. Bmce was the onlv one of the Bruce 
fiunily absent. The faces of the congregation 
wore an expectant look, for they knew Mr. Turn- 
boll would improve the occasion : ho always sought 
eoUateral aitl to the influences of the truth, and 
■onetimes attempted to suborn Nature hereelf 
to give effect to his persuasions. The text he 
bad ehoaen was — ^' Bui as the days of Noe were, 
no shall dao the coming of the Son of Man be." 
He made no allusion to the paper which the 
rain was bniy washing off the door of the 
chapel; nor did he wish to remind the pco- 
ide that this was the very day foreseen by the 
iiill-sticking prophet, as appointed for the advent 
uf Judipnent. But when, in the middle of the 
aatnon, a flash of lightning seemed to extinguish 
the array of candles, and was &>llowed by an 
instant explosion of thunder, and a burst of rain, 
as if a water-spout had broken over their heads, 
eoming down on the roof like the trampling of 
and the noise of chariot-wheels, the gen- 



eral start and pallor of the congregation showed 
that they had not forgotten the prediction. This 
then was the way in which judgment was going 
to be executed : a second flood nas about to 
sweep them from the earth. So, although dJ 
stared at the minister as if they drank in every 
word of his representation of Noah*s flood, with . 
itsdespairingcrieit, floating carcasses, and lingei' 
ing deaths on the mountain tops as the watcf 
crept slowly up from peak to peak, yet they werg 
much too frightened at the little flood in tlio 
valley of two rivers, to care for the terrors of the 
great deluge of the world, in which, according to 
Mr. Tnmbull, eighty thousand millions of the sons 
and daughters of men perished, or to heed the 
practical application which he made of his subject. 
For once the contingent of nature was too power- 
ful for the ends of the preacher. 

When the sen'ico was over, they rushed out 
of the chajicl. 

Robert Bmce was the first to step from the 
threshold up to the ankles in water. The rain 
was falling — not in drops, but in little streams 

** The Lonl preserve *s ! '* he exclaimed. ** It 
*8 risen a fit {foot) npo* Glamerton already. And 
there 's that sugar i* the cellar I Bairns, rin hame 
yer lanes. I canna bide for ye." 

And he was starting off at the top of his speed. 

'* Hoots ! man," cried Thomas Crann, who 
came behind him, '*yo *ro sae sair ta'en up wi' 
the war], *at ve hae nae room for ordinar* com- 
mon sense. Ve *re only stannin' up to the moiiV 
o* yer shune i* the hole *at ye unnertook yersel' 
to fill np wi' the lime *at was ower efter ye had 
turned yer dry stane dyke intil a byre-wa'.*' 

Robert stepped out of the hole and held his 
tongue. At that moment, Annie was slipping 
past him to run back to Tibbie. He made a 
pounce upon her and grabbed her by the shoulder. 

*' Nae moir o' this, Annie !** he said. '^ Come 
heme for cowmon dacency, and dinna gang 
stravagiiin* in a nicht like this, nacbody kens 
whttur." 

** A* body kens whanr,** returned Annie. ** I 
*m only gaun to sleep wi' Tibbie Dyster, puir bliu* 
body !" 

** Lat the blin* sleep wi* the blin', an* come ye 
hame wi* me,** said Robert oracularly, abusing 
several texts of Scripture in a breath, and pulling 
Annie away with him. *' Ye '11 be drooned afore 
the momin* in some hole or ither, ye fashous 
rinthcroot ! And svne wha 'U hae the wyte o* 
*t ?" 

Heartily vexed and disappointed, Annie made 
no rcsiiitAnce, for she felt it would be uncomely. 
And how the rain did {X)ur as they went home! 
They were all wet to the skin in a moment except 
Mr. Bruce, who had a big umbrella, and reasoned 
with himself that his Sabbath clothes were more 
expensive than those of the children. 

The best way certainly was to send the wet 
ones to bed ta soon ns they got home. But how 
could Annie go to bed when Tibbie was lying 
awake listening for her footsteps, and hearing 
onlv the sounds of the rising water ? She made 
up licr mind what to do. Instead of going into 
her room, she kept listening on the landing for 
the cessation of footsteps. The rain poured down 
on the roof with such n noise, and rushed so 
fiercely along the spouts, that she found it difii- 
cnlt to be sure. There was no use in changing 
her clothes only to get them wet again, and it was 



I !f> ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEK. 

v'l^ f:r ber ihM the erenin;; was warm. Bat at plejmire of being with her aitaiii, Annie tbo^ 

'wsos± fie vAi iA:iftfie«i that her pu>lcn were at no more about the waten of the Glamow. 
fiz:c<r. wberenpcn »be Hole oat of the hoaxe as ** What kcepit re sac lang, lanie ?** nidTUa 

qz^j u a kiaen, and was oat of sight of if as wcarilr afker a moment^a ailcnce» doriif «W 

q-i^i^j. Noc a creature was to be seen. The Annie' had been redisposine the peati to wtLam 

r=''.«n vere all choked and the streets had light from the fire. 
t«Kt^sie rirer-be^. alreadr torn with the rush of She toU her the whole story. 
'.ijt ^i-^aoral torrents. Da: thrcnph it all slie ** And hae re had nae anpper?* 
du ve*2 fcarlefelr, bounding on to Tibbie's cot- '* Xa. But' I dinna wmnt ony." 

u;^ *" I*is aff ver weet claea than, and come Mia 

•• Eh. p-reserre *» ! sic a nicht, Peter Whaap !" bod." 

ioii l'c:er's wife to Peter as he s.it by tlie fire Annie crept into the bed bemde hei^-aot^ 

-»-.:-. Lis C3::v in his teeth. ** It'll be an awfu' even then, for she waa forced to retain berW 

«pa^s■' garment. Tibbie waa restleaa, and kept bob- 

• • At » li: 't, " r<7oincd Peter. •• Their 's mair ing. so that neither of them could sleep. Asdth 

••iKr nvr »lia*ky already. Jist rax doon the water kept sweeping: on faster, and rising U|^ 

>*-y::i-2. ^Ifxld. It tnk's a hantle to iiii.-iwlifee np the rocky mound on which the cottage aoA 

»:: -ie<:: '? ::.i^. Tak'a drappr yerscl', uman, to The old woman and the jonng girl lay viAa 

i^-^iiicoc." and liatciKd fearless. 

••Y-i ! ao hii f»l-?niy, IVter. /dinna want 
r.ir.'?. Vo 'r? a tnic ^mitii, man: vc hac nve a - 

■park i' ycr ihix'a:."* 

•• TvjEs : There ncv^r was «ic a storm o' water ^w, . ixri:.<D t — -tti 

fir: I'.-; ark o' the cvciu-sni— " ^ UAi-i tiM i.xni. 

" Y-^ mean Noah'j ark. Peter, man." Alhc too lay awake and listened to thenar* 

" Wocl. wccl ! ony thinp ye like. It *< a* the ing min. Wear}* of the hoase, he had made « 

«ame. ye ken. I was only ji<t remaikiii' that we of the missionar kirk to f!ct out of it, aad bi 

IiA'jna «ic a tV o* rain iika day, an' wo sr.d ji>t l>een one of Mr. Tumbnira congregation lla 

I'.a-:I :he day in min*, pay 't rcspec' liko, kee|> it night. Panly because his mind was nnoccipai 

*-.i' aiamlor, yc kcn^-cummummerate it, n<thoy by any foar from without, for he only langfaedtf 

ra' 't. lixx. (ioon the bottle. Inss. and I *il ji>t pc the prophecy, something in that sennon tooM 

a liiik o-oc an' «ce whether the wnti-r *s likely to him deeper than any one else in the place po^ 

come in ower the door-sill : f^r gin it ancc cros^s liai>s, a\\oke some old feelings of lesponsililiif 

the I'lrashoi*, I d<x>t there wunno lie whu-ky that had been slumberin;; fur a long tine,al 

cncuc!i i' the hoo**?, and bein' th<^ Saw bath nicht. made liini reflect u|ion an nnqnestioned aitick 

we canna wecl %vin at ony mair."* oi'his cnvd — the eternal lo8> and miserr asdv- 

Thus entreated. Mistress Whaap got the bottle tare of t lie soul that did not repent n n^ befieit 

down. She knew her husband must have wins- At the s.imc time, what lejientance and beU 

ky, and, like a wi<e woman, got him to take as really meant — what he had to do first he<5d 

large a proji-ortion '>f the immitigable quantity ns nut know. All lie seemed to know wastlnth 

possible at home. Peter went to the door to re- was at that moment in imminent danger rftf- 

connoitre. nal damnation. And he laj thinking abost ihs 

*' (jiii-i gni'Jc 's :** he rricl ; " there's a lassie while the rain kept pouring iifion the roof off rf 

rnn by like a maukin f/nrf). wi' a splash at ilka the thick night OTerhead, and the Glarooorkcfi 

fit like a wauk-niill. An' I do Ijolieve it was An- sweeping by throngh the darkness to the sea He 

nie Amk'rson. Will bhc U? linnin' fur the how- grew tmubled. and^vhen at last he lUlailKftk 

die (midwi/t) to Mistress Bruce ? The cratur*ll dreamed frightfully. 

be drrK)nt. I 'il jist rin eftcr her.'* AVhen ho woke, it was a dnll monring, fsD cf 

** An' be droont yersol. Peter AVhaup! She's nii>t and ruin, lii^ dreams had flcd-eTea fita 

a wise lass, an' can t;ik care o* herscl. Lat ye his in'.'niory, hut bad left a sense of grievnas dii- 

her rin. " com tort. He rose and looked out of the wiadov. 

But Peter hesitated. The Glamour spread ont and mahed on like the 

**Thc water 's bilin'." rri-d Mrs. Whaup. torrent of a sea forsaking; its old bed. DbasiB 

And Peter hosttut>vd no lunger. course swept many dark objects^ which he va 

Nor indeed could he iiavo overtaken Annie if too far off to distinguish. He dfcmed bioisd( 

he had tried. Before Peter's tumbler wnsmixcl and went down to its cdf^c — not its bank: tbi 

she was standing on the stone acro^*) tlie dxcr's lay far within and far beneath its toneat. Ik 



dain^ looking down into the water whii'li had i i-cn water, outspread where it onght not to be tra 

faruptheperpendicularside<of its rocky conduit, to separate him from the opposite conntrTbra 

Across the stone the water from ilic street nhovc impassable gulf of space, a Ti»ible infinit'odi: i 

was pouring into tho Glamour. vague marvel of waters. Past him swept tica 

** Tibbie," she said as she entered the cottm'c, torn up by the roots. Down below, where ke 

'* I doobt there's gaun to lie a terrible spate." could not see, stones were rolling along the 

'^I^t it come, "'cried Tibbie. "The bithoosie's channel. On the surface, sheaies and trca 

fund't upon a rock, and the rains may fa', and went floating by. Then a cart with a dnmaed 

the wins may hlaw, nn«l tlie floods may ca nr the horse between the shafb^ heaved past in thr**^ 

hoosie, but it winnafa', itcannafa', forii'sfiind't tral roll of the water. Next came saiafltiiif 

upo* a rock." he could not understand at first. It was a grat 

Perhaps Tibbie's mind was wandering a little, water-wheel. This made him think of ths aiOi 

for when Annie entered, she found her face flush- and he hurried off to sec what the miller wrnds- 

ed, and her hands moving rr.'«tIo«sly. But what ing. 
with this assurance of her confldcnce, and the ; Truffey went stumping throngh the nil sail 



ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



lit 



. 1 (he moMiinj; school. Gladljr 

■ ka have wnlicJ on llio bridge, wbicb he 
n bit Ti»j, 10 look at iho water in- 
Bnt the miutcr woulJ bo Uiere, nnd Truf- 
P^wonld not b« abaent. When Mr. Malison 
B, Troffey was itaDdiiig in the r*in wnitins 
lim. Not another bojt wo* there. Bo sent 
IB home. Anil Tmlfoj went back lolhc hriilgn 
or the Glamour, and there iiood wniehing ilio 
ttrful rirer. 

Ir. MaliMin aped awnj westmrd tovanl tbo 

in Water. On hi« way he found many Broupt 

If the inhabitant! in><nK in tbe lame dircciion. 

The bed of iho Wan Water wat here coniider- 

Ebly hijhor ihun that of tbe Glamour, although 

'f a rapid descent it reached the suniD Isiet a 

Miple of miles belaw the tovn. Bui its waters 

Id never, lolboknowlsdec of anyoflha iiihab- 

Hits, risen ao higli aa to mrmount tho ridge on 

« otiier alojKj of wblcb tbo town was buili. 

niteqncntty tlicy bad nercr invaded the itreets. 

It QOHT jicaplc i<aiil ilio Wan Wiuer nould be 

~-i upon (bcm in the courw of an hour or tvo, 

~lamertDn would be in ihe hoarc of a torrent. 

two rivcra would bo one. So inaicnd of 

^ achoul, all the boys had gons lu look, 

1 (be miutcr fulloiwd cliem. Nor wax the 

tr without foundniion ; fur iho atreant wna still 

Van, and a foot more would overtop tbe ground 

biween it and the Glnniaur. 

r But while the exdieJ crowd of his lowDsmen 

'n the middle of a atubble- field, waichine 

a lirogreis of ibn enemy at tbeir feet, Itobcrt 

Nrco was busy in bis collnr preparing for iti re- 

Kjrtion. He conld not move bis cask ofsngar wiih. 

ntt help, and Ihcrc wa» mine of that lo bo had. 

(hercfiirc he woi now, in his sbirl-sleerea, carry- 

tlie ingnr up tbe cellar stairs in tbe eoal-acDt- 

. white Mt^ Brace, in a condiiion very unlit 

r such eHbrts, went loilin); behind him with 

a mml-batni filled far beyond the brim. Aa 

m he hid liniihed his tnsk, ho hurried off 

n the watchers of the water. 

mes Johnstone's workshop w*« not far 

the Glnmonr. When be went into it that 

ling, he found ihe treadks under water, and ' 

ftiiflhi he hnd belter give himself lA( p£ij>. ' 

■■ I 'II jilt tak a daun'er (ttroll) doon 1o tbe 

Ik to see Iho spate gang by," ho said to him- 

lltr, and, pulling on his gTandralbcr'a hnl, went I 

e near the brldga, ho saw eripiJc i 
Prafley leaning oror the parapet with horror- 
"riuken looks. Tl« next moment he bounded 
e font and his crutch, and niaaged over 
..» bridge as if he bad been gifted with six legs. 
When Jamc* reached the parnpcl, be could see 
olhing to account for the terror and eaeemcas 
n TraSty's palo face, nqr for hia procipilala 
Sghi. But beitUB sbortjiiahlod and innniiiiive, 
KKloJfanerTrulTeyns fast as Ihe dignity prop- 
in elderly weaver and a deacon of the mis- 
I would permit. 
A» Alec came near the mill ho saw two tnen 
•landing logciher on the verge oflho brown lor- 
it which separated them from it. Thoy nera 
.. miller — the same whose mill-stone Ciirlr had 
Ittrokon by shutting down the sluice — nnd Thom- 
^« Ctann, the latest arehiiect employed about the 
gliding, Thomas hnd bcrn np all iiiitht, wnn- 
lering hither and thiilier along the shore of the 
1 Water, sorely ironUed about Glanerloo 



and its careless people. Toward morning ho 
bad found himself iu the town again, and, crosi- 
j lug Ihe Glamour, had wandered up the side of 
' (lie water, nnd so come upon the sleepless miller 
coniemplatiDg bis mill in Iho embrace oflho tor- 

" Ye muun alloo it 's hard, Tbamiu," said Ihe 

" Hardt" retorted Thomas with indignalioi 
" Hoodaur }'esay sic a thing! Here hao ye been 
siickin' vcr bit wal«r-wbeel i' ibo mids o' ane ' 
ihe Lord's bumi, and the Lord lias cu'd it roc 
and roon for yon and yer forliean oboou a hui 
ner year, and ye Vo grun' ycr Lreid oot o' 'I ati 
tbo brcid o' yer bairns, end noo whan it '» i' ti 
Lord's gnit, and he maun bae mair room to soi 
doon tlia waters frae his bills, yo grummlo a: 
complccn at the spate that's beea forcordocn'lfrae 
the rerra black mirk o' eternity. Wliat wad ye 
think o' a bairn (-aoln' compleonin o' you 'cause 
your back-water had ta'en nwa' liis whcelle o' 
raslies wlinnr it was wharlin' bonnje afore ye 
Mil the sluice?" 

Thomns's seal had exposed him tothcdticom- 
, flture of iboBO who, if Ibey do not actually lell 
lies for Goil, yet uw very bad argumenls for 
bim. The miller rejoined — 

"You or me, Thomas, wad soc baimie an' 
whoelio alike safe, afore wo liflil the sliiire. 
The Lord vadii liso managed obn ta'en awn' my 
mull." 

" Ycr mull '» noo doon the water yet, Simon. 
Ii'h in some cxlremily, I confess ; but wlicllier 
it 's to be life or deilli, none kens but sue. Gang 
haine. man, nnd gang doon opo' ycr knees, and 

■' Pray to God nboot no auld menl-mull T' said 
Simon with indignation. "'Deed, I winna bo 
aae ill-bred." 

And so saying, he turned and wcnl home, 
leaving Thomas ma tiering — 

"Gin a body wad pray aboot ony thing, ihey 
mirbl, may be, tak' a likin' till 't. A prayer moy 
do a body gaid whan ii'snojiat o' tbskin' toba 
n'lliPKitheraceeplabteUlhomin'a'thoAlmichly. 
But I doiibt his ear's gleg fur on; prayer that 
gang» np hii gait." 

The last iwo sentences were spoken aloud us 
ho shook hands with Alec, of whose presenw ho 
had been awaru from the flrsl, although he had 
taken no notice of bis arrival. 

Bcforo anoihcr word was ntlen»], Ibeir allen- 
I tion was altroctod by a large muss floating donii 
' Ihe river. 

"Whsfs that, Thomas?" said Alec. "I 
boup it winnn lak' awa' iho brig." 

lie meant the wooden bridge a Ibw hundred 
yards below them, which, inaccessible from eiiliur 
side, was now very little nbat-e the level of the 

"It'sjisi the rii^n'o' some cotUr'shitliotialc,'' 
answered Thnmns. " What 's romc (>' Ibera thai 
was ancath it, the Lord only kens. Tlie wntvr '* 
jisi liflil the roof bodily. There ll gangs— throu' 
aneath ibo brig. — The brig's doon. Ii '■ no 
dmin.— It's slan'in' i-et. — But the puir fi>wk, 
Aire! — Kh, ein ibey wama prepnrei! Think 
o' Ibnf. Aler." 



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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



bj the appearance — a few ridges off-— for they 
wiTc standing in a field— of Truffcy, who, with 
frantic efforts to get on, made but little speed, so 
deep did his crutch sink in the soaked earth. 
He had to pull it out at every step, and seemed 
mad in his foiled anxiety to reach thorn. He 
tried to shout, but nothing was heard beyond a 
crow like that of a iioiirse chicken. Aluc started 
off to meet him, but just as he rcuehed him his 
crutch broke in the earth, and ho fell and lay 
unable to speak a wonl. With slow and ponder- 
ous arrival, Thomas Crann came up. 

** Annie Anderson!*' panted out Tmffcy at 
length. 

**What aboot herf* said both in alarm. 

"Tibbie Dyster !" sobbed Truffcy in reply. 

'* Here *8 Jcames Johnstone !** said Thomas; 
"heMlteirsa'abooiit." 

He surmised the facts, but waited in painful 
expectation of assurance from the deacon, who 
came slipping and sliding along the wet ridges. 

** What's this?*' he cried fiercely, as James 
came within hearing. 

•* What is "i?" relumed the weaver e.ngcrly. 

If Thomas had been a swearing man, what a 
terrible oath ho would have sworn in the wrath 
which this responiie of the weaver roused in his 
n])pn>lionsive soul ! But Truffey was again tn*- 
ing to s{)Ciik, and with a " Be ashamed o' yersel*, 
Josimcs Johnstone,** the mason bent his ear to 
listen. 

**They 'II bo droont. They *11 be taen nwa. 
They canna win oot." 

Thomas and Alee turned and stared at each 
other. 

"The boat!" gasped Thomas. 

Alec made no reply. That was a terrible 
water to look at. And the Imat wns small. 

''Can ye guide it. Alec?" said Thomas, his 
voice trembling, and the muscles of his face work- 
ing. 

The terrors of the ni^ht had returned upon 
Alec. Would the iKiat live? Was there more 
than n chance? And if she went down, was he 
not damned forever? He made no reply. Ho 
was afmid. 

" Alec !'* shouted Thomas, in a voice that 
might have been heard across the roar of the 
Glamour, "Will ye lat the women droon?" 

" TJKimaa," answered Alec, meekly, tn^mbling 
from head to foot, " gin I gang to the boddom, 
I gang to hell." 

" Better be damned, doin* the will o' God^. 
than saved doin' noathinu !" snid Thomai. 

The blood shot into Alec's face. He turned 
and ran. 

"Thomas,*' said James Johnstone, with shy 
interposition, lairing his forefinger u)K)n tho stone- 
mason's broad chest, " hae ye considered what 
ye 're drivin' the young man till ?" 

" Ay, weel encueh, Jeamcs Johnstone. Yc *re 
ano o* thae mealy-mou'd frien's that like a man 
sac weel they wad raither hae him gang wi' his 
back to the plench, nor ca 'ti* the face o' a cnuld 
win*. I wad raither see my frien' hangt nor 
see him deserve hangin*. Hand awa' wi' ye. 
Gin he disna gang, I '11 gang mysel', an' I never 
was in a boat i' my life." 

" Come awa, Thomas," cried Alec, already 
arrow three or four ridges ; **I canna carry her 
my lane." 

Thomas followed at fast as he could, l)iit be- 



fore he reached the bam, he met Alec asd on 
of the farm KrTanti, wish the boat on tkir 
shoulders. 

It was a short way to the water. They U 
her afloat in a few minnteai below the fimr hri^ 
At the edge the water was atiU as a pond. 

Alec teiacd the oan, and the men shored \m 
off. 

" Pray, Alec,** shooted Thomaa. 

" 1 haena time. Pimj yener,** shouted iim 
in reply, and gave a stroke that shot him Iv tsv- 
ard the current. Before he reached it he da^ 
ed his seat, and sat facing the bows. Thaem 
little need for polling, nor waa there jonch fca 
of being overtaken by any floating mnn,TMi 
thcro was great noceasity for looking ottslni 
Tho moment Thomas saw the boat fadd boUrf 
by the current, he turned his back totheGtaa* 
our, fell upon his knees in the grass, and cni 
in an ngonv — 

" LonI, let not f be curse o* the widow isl 
the childless be upo' me, Thomas Crann." 

Thereafter be was silent. 

Johnstone and the fiirm lad ran down tbsiis* 
er side. Truffey had started for the \i^ 
again, having tied up his crutch with a ttri^. 
Thomas remained kneeling^with hisamMsttttck* 
ed out as stiff as the poles of a ecaflbid, sad tki 
joints of his clasped fingers baried in the roA 
of the grass. Tho stone piers of the wooda 
bridge fell into the water with a rash, bat Is 
never heard it. The bridge floated past iuai bofr 
ly, but his hack was toward it. Like a vmeh 
in sanctuar}', he dared not leavo ** tbefooc-Mod 
of grace/* or expose himself to the inrasdi rf 
the visible world around him, bj even opsai^ 
his eves. 

Alec did not find it so bard as he had ezp(cC> 
ed to keep his boat from f^apaizing. Bat ihs 
rapidity wiih which the banks swept post kia 
was frightful. Tho cottage lay on the oihernli 
of the GInmour, lower down, and all tbatbehii 
to do for a while was to keep the bows of kii 
boat down the stream. When ho appimchrf 
the cottage, ho drew a little out of the eealfiif 
the current, which, confined within rising gnNni 
was here fiei-ccr than anywhere aborc^ Bsl 
out of the current he could not go ; Ibr the ou- 
tage lay between the channel of the river asl 
the mill-rnce. Except for its relation, honfs^ 
to the bridge behind it, which he aaw cnmM 
with anxious siKictators, he would not havekion 
where it ought to be — so mnch was the sqetf 
of every thing altered. Ho coold see thst ihi 
water was more than half waj up the dooif 
right at which he had resolved to send bis bsl 
He was doubtful whether tlio doorwav w 
wide enough to let it through, but he HV st 
other way of doing. He hopcid his m uM s alia 
would be Bufiicient to force the door opeB,tfi 
better still, to carry away the posts, and gin 
him more room. If he failed, no donbt tbelMSl 
would be in danger, but he would not makesil 
farther resolutions, till action, bccomingahnlsNi 
should reveal the nature of its own ntetsat^ 
As ho drew near nis mark, therefore, he r^ 
sumed the sent of a rower, kept taking ^Dodsia 
at the door, gave a few vigorous pulls, and ss- 
ship])ing his oars, bent his head forward fivB 
the shock. Bang went the JSoairie Amtfk ; 8«V 
went door and |)Osts ; and the lintel cane dost 
on Alec's shoulders. 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEX. 



lb 



Bat T will now tell liow tlio night had ])a8scd 
with Tlbbio and Annie 



^* Saviour through tiio dctert lead mu 
Without tliec, wo can not go. 



CHAPTER LXIV. 

TiBBXB*8 moaning grew gentler and less frc- 
qaoBt, and both fell into a troubled Blunil>er. 
From this Annie awoke at the sound of Tibbie's 
xoLee. She was talking in her dream. 

**Dinna wank himf*'8he said ; **dinna wauk 
him ; he 's fell (Oerm. vkl) tired and sleepy. 
Lat Uie win' bUw, lads. Do je think He canna 
■ee whaa his een are stoekit. Gin the watter 
meddle wi* tou, Ho*11 suno lat it ken it's i' the 
wrang. Ye**ll see *t cowerin' at 's feet like a col - 
lej-d^. 1 11 jist dight the wect aiT o* my Lonl *s 
ftee. Weel, wank him gin yo will. / wad raitli- 
er png to the boddom mysel*.** 

A pause followed. It was clear that she was in 
a dream-boat, with Jesus in the hinder ]>art 
asleep npon a pillow. The sounds of tlie water 
outside had stolon through her ears and made a 
pietare in her brain. Suddenly she cried out — 

** I tellt ye sao ! I tellt ye sftc ! Luik at it ! 
The jaws (waven) gang doon as gin tlioy war sao 
mony wholpies !'* 

She woko with the cr^ — weeping. 

** I thocht / had tho sicht o' my eon,** she said 
•ebbing, *'and the Lord was blin* wi sleep." 

*' Do you hear the watter?'* said Annie. 

** Wha cares for that watter !" she answered, in 
a tone of contempt. '*Doyo think lie canna 
manage hUr 

Bnt there was %jdhhlf. in the room beside them, 
and Annie heard it. The water was ycljiing at 
the foot of the bed. 

" The waiter's i* the hooso !*' cried she, in ter- 
ror, and proceeded to rise. 

** Lie still, bairn," said Tibbie, anthoritatirely. 
"Gin the watter bo i* tho hoosc, there 's no oot- 
gang. It'll be doon afore the roomin'. Lie 
Hi]!.*' 

Annie lay down again, and Tibbie resumed — 

** Gin we be i' tho watter, the watter 's i* the how 
o* h» han'. Gin we gang to the boddom, he has 
only to open's fingers, an' there wo are, lyin' i' 
the loof o' 's han*, dry and warm. Lie still." 

And Annie lay so still, that in n few minutes 
more she was asleep again. Tibbie slept too. 

But Annie woke from a terrible dream — that 
a dead man was pursuing her, and had laid a cold 
hand npon her. The dream was f;one, but tho cold 
hand remained. 

"•nbWe!" sho cried, "tho watter *s i* tho 
bed.** 

•* What say ye, lassie ?'* returned Tibbie, wak- 
ing np. 

" The watter 's i' the bed." 

" Woel,lie still. We canna sweyp it oot." 

The water was in tho bed. And' it wns pitch 
darit. Annie, wlio lay at the front, stretched her 
arm orer the side. It sunk to the elbow. In a 
moment more tho bed beneath her was like a full 
■pongo. She lay in silent terror, longing for the 
dawn. 

«* I 'm terrible cauhl," said Tibbie. 

Annie tried to answer her, but tho words would 
not learo her throat. The water rose. They 
were lying half covered with it. Tibl)io broke 
out singing. Annie had never heard her sing, 
and it was not very musical. 

U 



Are ye waukin', lassie ?" 

** Ay," answered Annie. 

'* I 'm terrible cauld, an* the waiter 's up to rr.\ 
throat. I canna muv, I 'm sao cauld. I diduu 
think watter had beensae cauld." 

** I '11 help ye to sit np a bit. Yo *ll hue dreid- 
fu* rheumatize cftcr this, Tibbie," said Annie, ns 
fihe got up on her knees, and proceeded to lif^ 
Tibbie's head and shoulders, and draw her up in 
the bed. 

But the task was beyond her strength. She 
could not movo the helpless weight, and, in her 
despair, she let Tibbie*s liead fall back with a duli 
plash upon tho bolster. 

Seeing that all she could do was to sit and snp- 
port her, she got out of bed and waded across tho 
floor to the fireside to find her clothes. But they 
were gone. Chnir and all had been floated away, 
I and although she groped till she found the float- 
; ing chair, she could not find the clothes. She re- 
turned to the bed, and getting behind Tibbie, lift- 
ed her head on her knees, and so sat. 

An awful dreary time followed. Tho water 
crept up and up. Tibbie moaned a little, and 
then lay silent for n longtime, drawing slow and 
feeble breaths. Annio was almost dead witii 
cold. 

Suddenly in ths midst of tho darkness Tibbie 
cried out — 

*»Isceliiht! Iseclicht!" 

A stran;::e sound in her throat followed, after 
which she was quite stilL Annie's mind began 
to wander. Something struck her gently on the 
arm, and kept bobbing against her. She put out 
her hand to feel what it was. It was round 
and soft. She said to herself — 

** It's only somebody's held that the water 's 
torn aflT," and ])ut her hand under Tibbie again. 

In the morning she found it was a drowned hen. 

At length she saw motion rather than light. 
Tho first of the awful dawn was on the yellow 
flood that fllled the floor. There it lay throbbing 
and swirling. Tho light grew. She strained 
her eyes to sec Tibbie's face. At last she saw 
that tho water was over her mouth, and that her 
^faco was liko the face of her father in his coffin. 
Child as she was, she knew that Tibbie was dead. 
Sho tried notwithstanding to lift her head out of 
tho water, but sho could not. So she crept from 
under her, with painful effort, and stood up in tho 
bed. The water almost reached her knees. The 
table was floating near the bed. She got hold of 
it, and scrambling on to it, sat with her legs in 
the water. For another long space, half dead 
and half asleep, she went floating about, dreaming 
that she was having a row in the Bonnie Annie 
with Alee and Curly. In the motions of the 
water, sho had passed close to tho window looking 
down the river, and TruiFey had seen her. 

Wide awako sho started from her stupor at* 
tho terrible bang with which the door burst openr 
She thought the cottngo was falling, and that 
her hour was come to follow Tibbie down, the 
dark water. 

But in shot the sharp prow of tho Bonnie AMiiti, 
and in glided after it tho stooping form of Aiee 
Forbes. She gavo one wailing cry, and ibrgot 
every thing. 

That cry however had not ceased before sWo 
was in Alec's arms. In another momi»fl^.wrf4^ 



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ALEC FOiiBliS UF IIOVVGLEN. 



» nbout him. when lie mode h<i sppcftnince. 
in Hx ahe Icuned (lint Itc liad reacaed An- 
B, and where he had lefi her, >ho had Dobbin 
I to the gig, and drove off to sco iflcr her neg- 
^led hrorite. 
From iho moment the bridge full, ilio flond 
fan (o labside. 'Illibie'a coilafro did not rail. 
i tboss who entered, tho next day. faand her 
iy liing in the wet bed, its fHce still «hinin|; 
hh lliG reflect of tho light wbicli brote upon her 
L9 ihi! windowt were opened for it to pnu. 
" She aeo noo." laid Thomiu Crann to Janic; 
\lona, na iheyonlkcd together nl her fiinernt. 
a Lord *eiii that ipate to vaah the scale* 

Mrs. Forbea broil Eh t Ann 



lin, aMrtinf! a iceck bo- 



CHAPTEB LXVI. 

s on n bright froatir evening in the end of 
ilubcr, thnt Alec enlered once mnrc the atrerCa 
ilie great city. The atiir* wcro brilliiint o»er- 
nd, the gem* in Orion's baldric shilling orieiii- 
■nd iha plough glittering with fmat in tho 
id bine Goldi of tho northurn akr. Belon', tho 
Bcti ihone with their own dim aura; mid 
nt and women vrote the web of their life 
long ihcm w they had done for old canluriei, 
getting those who had gone bcfurc, and care- 
la of those who were to come after. 
The tnoment he had lacccoded in tntia^-ini; 
■ landlady's inqiiitiiion, ho ruihod up to Mr. 
Vpplea's room. Hr. Cnpplea ivaa onl. What 
> Alec to do? lie eoDld not c.ill on Itr. 
laer that night; and all spain Ivtween him 
id KnM growing more immeasumlito tho nearer 
I came to her, he could not rest fur the fooling 
<liilance. So he wandered out, and along Iho 
ihorc till under tho wall of the pier. Tho 
was loir, and the wall high over hia head. 
B fiillowed it to the edge of the water, and 
jaod out orer tho dim lead'Colored sea. While 
I Hond thas, he thoaght he beard voice* in tho 
r, and looking up, aaw, hr over him, on tho top 
wait, two heaJa atunding oat against tlio 
kr. one in a bonnet, the other in a Gten- 
VThy should lie feet a pang in his heart? 
BTclj there were mnny girli who took siar-light 
-"- in that rcfiiRe in the KO. And a Glcn- 
os no uncommon wear for the yonths of 
lie Unglied at his own weak fancies, 
his bnek on the pier, and walked along 
a shore toward the monlh of the other rircr 
hieb Howed into the same bay. As ho went, 
I glanced Imck toward the lop of the wall, and" 
» the outlino of tho man. Ho was in full 
^lind dres*. Tho woman ha eonld not see, 
rshe was on the farther side of her companion. 
r the time ho waa half r^ay la the college, bo 
d almost forgotten them. 
IlWDsa dcwilalcahoranloog which he walked, 
ro mike of sand lay by the lin of the sen on hin 
[ht. On ilia left roio Irregular and changofnl 
Mtndi of di7 sand, tipon which icrew coanc 
nM and a fow unpleasant - looking pinni*. 
— I Ibe level of tho tops of thon monnda 
died awa/ a brnar] expanse of flat nncnlii- 



raled ground, eovercd with thin grass. This 
space had been devoted, from lime iraraeraorial, 
to the aporti of tho city, bat at this season, and 
especially at this hour, it whs void as tho Sahara. 
After umniering along fur half an hour, now 
listening to tho wind that blew over the aand- 
hilla, and now watching the apifay sparkle of tlic 
wintry star* in the sea, ho tiMched a iKiini 
whence be could descry the windows of Mr. 
Frosor's part of :lie rollegc. Tliere wni no liahi 
Kale's window. She must be in the dinin;;. 

lom? IleHunghimseironihcsand. Alllliu 

olddespairofilie night oF thunder, of the moon. 

light ramble, of the last walk together, revived. 

lie dug with hts fingers into Ihe snnd; nndjui-t 

the horrible pain was digging, like n lire crcu- 

re irith claws, into his heart. But Knto was 

deed sitting quietly with her nncle, while lie 

Iny there on the sea-shoro. 

Time posses quickly in any lomietil — merciful 
proi Uion. Suddenly something cold seemed la 
graip him by Iho feet. Ho started and rose. 
Like a wild beast in Iho night, tho tide hud 
crept up upon him. A horror selied him, a* if 
wore indeed a slii 



lughl K 






He sprang up tho sand before him, 
and, sliding back at every step, pained the triji 
with diifleullr, and ran across the linh toward 
tho eitv. The exercise pumped the Mnod mom 
rapidly III rough Ilia hmin, and before he reaelieil 
home hope had begun to dawn. Ho atccnded 
the garret stairs, and again knocked at Mr. Cn[>. 
ples'a door. ' 

"Cumo in," reached his car in n strange dull 
lone. Mr. Cu|^le* had shouted into his empty 
tiimblor while just mina to swallow the lost few 
drops without the ninal interrcniion of the wine, 
gins*. Alee hesitated, lint the voice came again 
wiih its usual ring, tinged with irritation, and he 



I 



entered, 
"llillo, bantam 

ing out a primy 1 

white: "Hoo'.th 
and hcnsT" 
"Brawly." 



exclaimed Mr. Cupploslmld. 
nd, that many a lady might 
> possrH and keep clean and 
soo? And hoo's a' the cocks 



lI Alec. " Hoo 's the ta/ijtii 
Hear — n large hotlle, holdinn six quarts, in 
which Mr. Cnpples kept his whisky. 

Mr. Cupples opened his eye* wide, and stared 
at Alee, who saw that he had made a blunder. 

" 1 '11 liao nae jaw frae yoo, younker," said ho 
slowly. "Gin ye bo sae ill at ease *t ye maun 
lak' locbcrtics fur the sake o' bein' facetious, ye 
can jist gang doou tho atur wi' a rjuaiet sough.*' 

"I beg your pardon, Mr. Capples,"aaid Alec 
earnestly, for ho wo* vexed with klmself " But 
yo 're qnito richt ; I am some ill at case." 

"I ihoclit OS muekle. Is the rainbow begin- 
nin'lo cast(y»&)a wee? Hai the fit o' Iris 
ca'it a hole i'tho airch o' 'I? Eh, man! man! 
Tak' lo the mathomawtic* and the anawtomy. 
and fling tho conic sections an' the banes i'th' 
face o' the bonny jand— Iris, I mean, man, no 
itiier. law or loddy." 

For Mr. Cnpplc* hod feared, from the ouprc*. 
tion of Aloe's face, that he had given him of- 
fense in return. A sileneo of a few seconds fol 
towed, which Alec gladly broke. 

"Are yon siiU acting a« librarian, Mr. Cup 
I lies T*' he said. 



lie 



ALEC I'ORBES OF HOWGLES. 



" At. I 'm aeiin' ai iiliwmn, " rolamod Cup- 
I>lc9 Jnlr. "An J I'm iliinkin'," lie adJcd, 
'-tlial dioboikgircbcginnin' takLiib; tliu lime 
wbat Ihej 're aboot ; for sic A ihrouilber diijas- 
kit miJdeD o'lero, I oerer ww. Ye niTcliI liao 
laieklcl It vri' « grnip (a Virtc-prongnl Jork, n 
•ort of ngricultural trident). Aid ye (;aun Id 
rak' ilie chectuistiy alang wi' tlio nalicrni plii- 
louophr ?" 

•■ Ay." 

"Wed, ye jilt come to mr, as ya bne dune 
nfuiv. I 'ni no «ae gadu at tliae tliirif;! u I im nl 
tUo Greek; but I beu m air already nor ye'tl ken 
ivlisn ye k«n a' 'at ye will ken. And that 'a one 
llutrery utber to you or mc, man." 

With beating heart. Alec knocked tbe next dny 
nl Mr. Fiaser'f door, and wai nhown into ihe 
Ji-nwing-room, where Kale lot alone. Tbe mo- 
iiiunl he cair her, be knew that there iraa a guK 
UMivwn tliem as wide oi tbe Glamoar in a ipate. 
Klic rocciccd him kindir, nor iros there any thing 
in her manner or Bpcecb by which he could de- 
lino on alteration ; and yet, nilb that morvelani 
imivor of self-dcfenac, that inalinctira knowl. 
edge of ipirituo-military engineering with which 
maiden* are giflod, Bho had set np audi a pnli- 
(itdc bcitrecn ibcm, dug such a foHse, and miacd 
Kitch a. rampart, that wilhonl knowing how tlio 
effect wna produced, he felt that lie could not ap- 
piijach her. It is strange how women can pnt 
unt on inviaibte arm and paab one off to an in- 
liniia removal. 

With a miserable sense of cold exhnuslion nnd 
mliing dlsappoiiilmcnc, be left her. She shook 
hnnds with him warmly, was Yorr sorry her un. 
do wn* oul, and nsked bim wliother he would 
iiut call again lo-morrow, when he wonld cermin* 
It be at home. He thanked her in n voice lltnt 
sjenicd to him not his own, while her mice a[i- 
p^iired to him lo come ont of some rur-nir cave 
«f cbo past The cold frosty air received lilm as 
lie stepped from the door, and iia brenlh was 
Tricndly. If the winter would only freeze liim 
10 one of its ieiclee, and still that heart of bis 
which would gu on throbbing although ibcre was 
nu reason for it lo throb any more ! Yet had he 
not often found her different from what he had 
expected? And might not this bo only one of 
her many changeful rooods? Perhaps. 

So feeling tbat he had nothing to do nnd only 
one thing to think oboni, he wandered farther 
IhroDgb the old burgh, past the lingerint; frag- 
ment of its once mighty calhcdrol, and down to 
Ihc bridge which, with lis ono Gothic arch os old 
OS ihe youth of Chaucer, spanned the channel, 
hen! deep and narrow, of the long-drawn High- 
l:ind river. Beyond it lay wintry woods, clenr- 
lined against (ho pale blue sky. Inio tlicse he 
wandered, and was going on, secina nothing, 
tliinking nothing, almost feeling nothing, when 
he heard a voice beliind him. 

"Hilh),bnniani!''it eriod; and Alec diJ not 
need lo lum to know who called. 

"I saw ye come ool o' Professor Froser's," 
said Cupplcs, "and I thocht a bit danner i'lhe 
rnllerairwaddomcnoilt; saoljistcam'efterye." 

Then changing his tone, be added — 

" Alec, man, baud a grip o' yersel'. Dinna 
tvne ihat. Ironse ony thing afore ye Jom'SO hand 

'■■What do yon moan, Mr. Cnptilcs?" asked 
Alee, not aUogelher willing lo undcntund him. 



"Ye ken Reel enonch whail oienn. TlicriV 
Iruublo npo' yc. I'm no speirin' ony t)iii'>. 
IS. But jist liaud a grip o* yencl'. Kniii- 
mt\ Baiiibows!— We'll jist hoc a walk tin ■ 
her, an'I 'II iiislriick ye i' Iho first vrendpln 
laiteral phihiaophy. — First, ye sec, there '«ik 
raciion o' graiviiaiion, and >;nc there 's the 
roction o' cohesion, nnd syne there 'a the al- 
tractioQ o'adbeHon ; Ihoogh I'm tbinkin', i'llw 
lang run, ibey 'II be a' fun' to be ano and tbi 



And* 



's Ihc 






bilk difl'ers iniiir nor n Inc's icngih free iIil 
Invc. In 1iil.;e sec, ac thing tnki ill anittirr 
for a wliilic, Biid liseds gey and ticker til! X lili 
anilber comes 'at il likes lielter, whaamponlbcn 
's a procecdin' i' iho Chancery o' fatar' — onlyii 
disna aye baud lang. and there's nao lavyen' 
fees — and (he inne 't ilrangbtways diTorced fru 

And so he went on, giring a Und of hnmiinMii 
Irnvcsly of a lecture on physics, nhicli. AIr 
could not bel]i perceiving, glanced tvcrj no* 
and then nthis menlnl condition, cspeciall; olien 
it come lo treat of the mechanical powcn. ll 
was evident ihni the strange being had taat 
perception of the real condition of AlccV fr '' 
ings. After walking a couple of miles inln >i>t 
open country, Ihoy retraced their foaUlcp. A- 
tbey approached the collefge, Mr. Cnpple* uR— 

" Noo, Alec, ye maun gong home lo j-er An- 
ner. t '11 be hame afore nicbt. And pn n 
like, vo can come wi' me to the Itbraiy tbe moni, 
anil t 'II gie ye somclhing lo do-" 

Glnd of any thing lo occupy bis thonghll, Alct 
went lo Iho library tbe next dny ; and as Mr, 
Cupplei was making a catalogue, and at the HiH 
lime a thorough change in Ihe arrangement of 
ihe books — both lo bo after his own heut— be 
found plenty for him lo do. 

Alec soon found his pari in the catalogat- 
work becoming nitrecablc. Bat allhouch IlieR 
was much to be done as well in mending oU 
covers, mounting worn tille-pngo, and such Ukt. 
in this department Mr. Cupplea would accept no 
assistance. Indeed, if Alec ventured to lake up 
a book destined fur repair, bo would doK al bin 
almost angry glance, and keep watci- 
uncasy iulerrals lill he had laid it 
n. Books were Mr. Ciipplci's plld 
nnd jewels and furniiaro nnd fine clothes, in U» 
bis whole gloi-ia tmndi. 

But the opening dny was at hand, aflcr wblcli 
Alec would hnve leas time. Still ho fcsolvcd, 
as some small retnrn fur Ihe kindncn of Mi. 
Cnpples, thai he would conlinue lo girc hiia 
what help be could \ for ho had discorered Ibii 
Ihc pro-librarian lived in continual dread kn 
the office should be permanently filled before li° 
bad completed his labor of reoi^auiznlion. 
* During Iho few days passed in the libraiy, ba 
called once upon Mr. Frnsor. nnd met with ■ 
worm rcceplion from him. Knio ga«o kin • 
kind ono as before ; but he had neither Iho aal- 
isfaction nor the pain of being alone uiih her. 

At the opening, appeared among the rttt 
Patrick Bciiuchanip — claiming now Ihe name 
and dignity of The Mae Chattachati, for bii 
grandfather was dead, and he was heir to.lbe 
property. He was. if possible, more hangbty 
than before ; but sliidcnts are not, as a dJW 
ready to respond lo clnima of superiority o[*n 
such grounds as he ihiucsmkI, and, czrafit br ■ 






AI.EC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



Ihnll cull III 

■uncame out thatnhenlcctare honn were 
e put off his lowlnnil dresi, and went cv- 
, rrc in Ki^jhland costume. Indeed on l!ie 
irsl dnj A tec met him in llie gloaming (hnsnl- 
■'-- ' idtliofliwhofliUcainiKorminshepnss- 
d to Ecorch his eycf, fur he ihoutfht of 
in ihe pier, and tlio miserable hour that 
'Iblloweil. Beanehiimp no longer aucndcil llic 
wintomicol loctorci; an J when Alec olwcrved 
alMenec, he rpeallcd llie fncl that Kn(e cuald 
i-erhMTevenailiumnt rorercncotoiliat braneh 
stn'ly. Whether ho nunld hnve jions in for 
Willi any heartincK bimasir ihi'a (oeion, 
. . 1 it not been for tho good influence of Mr. 
iCopplei, ij more ihnn doubtrui. But tie gare 
' 'm mnslant aid, contiiilinjc in part of ii liberal 
« of any kind of mental gond thntcnmc lo his 
hand — loaietimcs praise, aoiactimcs rcbake, 
-•umetimes humorona excerntiun. 

Forinnately for the dcsicns nf npnnchnmp, 
Mr. Fraser had been vinitinj; in liix invthcr'* 
Heigliborhood ; and nothing vna easier for ono 
trhn, like most Cells, possessed more than tlie 
nrdinnry power of ingratiating, than lo make 
lilmiHiir agreeable to tha old man. When ho 
iwiii lii« leave to rctnm lo Ihe TOllege, Mr. Fra- 
■r declared himself sorry that he had made no 
jtler BCqnainlanee with him before, nnd begKed 
Ibal h3 would call upon him nhen he came up. 



CnAPTEB LXVII. 

Snnit flflcr tho commencement of ihe session, 
seiied the townspeople in con sequence 
a report! connected with tlie acFiool uf 
anatomy, which stood by itself in n low nclgUbor- 
Iwod. They were to chocflccl tlial (treat Judig- 
t were praelieed upon tlie remains of (he 
ml-jtcU, that they were huddled into holes about 
'' B place, nnd so heedlessly, that dogs miehl 
sien tearing portions from tho earth. What 
trnih there may have been at the root of iliese 
■cports, I can not lell ; hat it is probable Ihey 
"■ from some culpable carelessness of ihe sert- 
At all events, they were belicred In tho 
neighborhood, occapied by those inliabitanla of 
4lie city readicit to icceii'o and dwell upon an; 
■tiiiiic ravoliin;!. But what pashed the indigna- 
~n beyond the extreme of popalar endurance, 
.■ n second rumor, in lbs consternation occa- 
nion^'l by which tho whole city shared : the ret- 
mrre^lioiiut* were at their foal work, and the 
|(ravc-)'ariJ, tho place of repose, was itself no long- 
— ' a »ancinary! Whether tho auihorltles of 
• medical school had not bi'cn guiliy of indif- 
fence, contenting ihcmselrcs with asking no 
^iioaiions aboat Ihe sonree whence ihe means of 
Mowcniing their art was dcrired, may be a ques- 
ilon. But fear alloftalhcr outstripped investiga- 
tion, and those even who pnrfesseit unbelief, took 
firceautlons ; whence the ligliis of tho waichen 
'~'io dead might be seen twinkling, far into Iho 
Olrimins, in ihe solemn placet around the city 
yfiiirches ; while many n pnor creature who 
mtnld have sold his wife's body for five pounds, 
is readj to tear a medical student to piccca on 



the mere chance that his scalpel had touched n 
human form stolen from tha sncml «nchwure. 

Now whether Beauchamp, wlio had wnich- 
ed Alec in the same siinaiion before, had anv 
thing 10 do with what follow*, 1 can not tcif, 
bnt his eondnct then lay* liiin opeo to susjii- 

Alce, who fonnd eoniccscapc if not relief from 
painful tlioucbt in the prosecution of his favorite 
BTady, was thus oceopicd one evening, nn very 
unfrctjuent occnrrcncc, ly candle-light. He had 
almost reached a, final andcntanding uT (lie 
poinl in pnnuit, wlien he was roused from his 
absorption by a jell outside. He had for soma 
lime previous heard a aonnd of gnthcring com- 
motion, but had paid no attention to it. Ilu 
aurtcd up from his stooping posture, and hnvliis; 
bloicn out his candle, perceived, bv tho li;nip* 
outside, that a crowd of faces, pals in tho darL- 
ncas, was starinf; throngh the high iron pnllfiiilo 
which surrounded tlie school, They had seen 
hi»light,and were notr watching for his coming 
oui. He knew that upon tho smallest ndilltinr. 
al excitement the locked gates and poilsnile 
nroold not keep them cfTmore than hair a mi"- 
iitc: BO ho instantly barred Ihe shutter*, anA 
betook himEcIf lo tho porter's room. As l:a 
crossed ihe small open comer between the iw^i 
doors:, ho heard the touyh of their angiy spc^'<*'i 
sivcllini; nnd rullini; like a wind in the nppor rc- 
gionsorihcnight; butihcydidnocseabim. For- 
tnnately, there nasn sido door in the railing, sel- 
dom uBOiI, of which the key hongin the porter's 
raom. By this door Alec let himself out, and rv. 
lucked ic Ituctho moment ho turned 101*0 liumi>, 
he heard nn urchin, who had peeped round n coi- 
ner. BcroGch to the crowd across the cncloeiire — 

"He'sootRt the back yeu! Ho 'soot at tlio 
back yelt and awa' !** 

Auothcr yell arose, and tho sounds of tmm- 
pliiig feet. 

Alee knew Ibat his only elinncc lay in his 
heels, and took lo them Faithfully. Iltlimd hirn 
eame the crowd In hot pursuit. The narrow 
streets mnR with their slionts of execraiion. 
Such curses could hardly be heard elsewhere in 
Europe. Alec, knowing most of [he conria and 
passages, doubled on his pursuers in tho hopo 
of eluding them. But discovering that he bud 
his instrument atill in his hand, ho slopped In 
pnl it down the bars of a grating, fur a cut from 
■t would have been most periton^ ns ho hod been 
using it adny tooaoon : and befbrehe had gain- 
ed another turning, hit ponners were on his 
Irack and had caught sight of him. Bnl Atcc'i< 
wind and muscles were both good: and in flvo 
minntcs more he was at iho baik entrance In 
his own lodging, having left the mob fnr behin'l 
him. Ho darted np to Mr. Capple^ nnd ns 
iuon as ho found brcnlh enough, told him I1I1 
adventunc^ sayini; with a loniht oa he eotu-lii- 
dcd— 

"tt 'sa mercy there's aa muckle o' mo lo tho 
fore ns can tell the talc P 

"Jiit tak' TO Icni, bnnlam," rMumcd Mr. 
Cnpptea, who had auddenly asmifnod a lislenins 
attttnde, with his head on one side, " or ye niav- 
na icll the neisl. Hark :" 

From far bdaw arose Iho dull sound <ir many 
feel on ihc stone stnin. Mr, Cnpples lisWnod for 
nmnmeninsirfntrlnnted, then niming quietly in 
his chair, pot (he poker in Ihe Arc. Aue raML 



I 



m ALEC FOBBES OF HOWGLESL 

TigoE mimJL . CToBB \i>VBBBBKa 9BB SBQb SBHK ^BS VHB 




T utrt AJDt 2«%£ »&a» ^ Bi 

Mr. C«ffls 
t«Akc — 

Bt paaaok wth ih« rt4 U« fcfcer to Ae door visk Itm^ Caamom cScft* j«ned ii «U 

f«rtH- ivBk m tWe daft «f direcsiaH^ ia ibe aicr ctf* vLick fired 

titf« fcatk tbe pcfcer !■ the fac ■ r — i ■ «■! ikildi f. Wlasa9«crfciBr«tf'^i 

tihft^hfia {nek wboer k^ tht ianmam cf the kiSI Wacvvs. !■ vtk^ tbe 

r^ed sibe 4(Jor. azJ ai the aae »- ibe vvrrtkroae cf Mare ? 




' ;jA Mr. Caffis jg ye u tj ;a k vkb ki» |3ov. Alec kfti i^oee tb?v«cb CBCVfb of tiiwHi al- 

: tcx;a« §3 bift kol. Faces vck toifcTiig rcadr to he aUe to SkI 

"'WlaidaTtwamT' eaktdMr.Cs^isiK. 1^ mais c# leurk £a tia 

' ^ac—a fed laae-fickm* 6utiag,^ xwwacd m 

: ^r«. UKk-Cved aash. He vw tnemm, rood to 

*' Wlzaidd ve vxBivTlaMif ckiaaer to 

-WkaiaRT^ fCaalejavia^xbReFjr? HjkI kdlav frcn tke 

. e </ the put. Gia be batx is jovr box, vkat *s imtM Ini Jmutcmi kxB to 

. je uSA^ ii oor Icikia' ia 't?" * PrcKadj 

** Uaai a ^aaict scaffb, nr ■urn.'* ■ aiain.il aad a basr little dcBCB boa«deJ xaao the 

C=r^:%, ramas tLe pMct c/the vova oU veaf^ to teO the ijm^knAm tbat he vas cb the rooC 

c4a. riie feii et r crf'mhag » hi t cart had aheady He therefor? f&l dcva tLe dcfe cvaj frrai 

uiarsiui :o a da«l fralr red. ^cr I »* 1st je ben* astccc, aod r«5«cu c« to tbe rocf of the 

ftl 1 'a r BIT axa bocae. Mr c w ii ! bas tbis 11 boaae. aad tbcnce to t^ tUid. 

f»r^ tia-ja je xs gm re vsr »e ^obt ke^ o' Arriria^ at a dzr.jT domer 

»a£.: l<r:^T I" tbat it ofxvcd vi:b caK. wl a iiniffg bxai into a 

A:j«i b? per? a fioantb vitb bis nfier — the li:tie rocm novded vith dastj bocks asd roh* 

rr^f^ -J T^iwin^ a seep btf^te it — as be suLtd once veba. He kaev that be vas la the H fiif i ai 

Bwxc^ oatiikifts of a cotaa «ccod-baad b oo kse He r, 

^ WLat dty re vaot vT bim ?" vhb vboB bi bainrraiinBil ilraTJajH Hedoaed 

** To ea tbe' sc«l ooe o* the vasK o' the dciTs the viadcw, aaJ sat dow afcv apteof ■tfkcl - 

Lockie o' Lim,'* laii a limping o»tler. cd rolaaes. The sooa sbiaiag t ki ca ^h the 

*'* I %' pans the Bioa* o' bim vi* the bip o* a doaded viedfev rcrcaled roas et books aH 

rorp,** crkd a palei-faeed painur. vbo seemed aboat bimu c f abicb bo coald aoK icad evca the 

biBsAclf to bckog to tbe iajared fratcrain' d aames. Bat be vas xb bo aaa: cf the iBtcrest 

oxpicf. tbcT migbt bare afforded biai. His thna^ti 

A ToUer of aasvers too bonible for reeord, tvraed to Kate. Sbe ahrais behaved to him so 

boclt ia tbiemselTes aod in tbe straape dcrilnr of tbat be lelt botb barl and repelled, aad faaad 

ti>:^ garnisb of oatba. folSoved. Mr. Capfies it impoesifafe to go :o her so cAea as he aoald. 

tlUl HOC fliadi a step from his (06t. Botabu! Tet rov, wbcs seated ia tbe scGtade of this ref- 

LU fri-rj svofd bad by thi* time darkened into age, his tboogbts avat back to her tcadertr; fior 

an iroo poker, aod tbe might of i;s eDchaataieot to her ther ahvajs retaraed like birds ta their 

«anisbed as tbe Uackness ascrped iu ^ov. He tree, frcm all the regioas wbi:her the 

was jost going to throv it &vst. aad viu stretch* dscperMon cf Mr. Capples aiighi have 

iii^ oat his ochcr band for bis grsn*ifather*s hrood- them for their pickings cf iaccfieetaal 

•>word, viich be bad pat io tb? corner by tbe Nov. Lcverer. it was bat as ta a leafiem 

ilor>r ready to replace it. vhcn a long arm, wi:h tree. ia<tead cf a nest bcaered ia gieca kaiu. 

:» fut at the ead of it, darted from bcivcen tbe Yet be vai sorprised to find that be was aoK tea 

treads in front of hiai, horied him acrca» the tiroes Biore mkserabte ; tbe fact beiag diat. as 

rmfW, and laid him Ueedioj and tensela* on be had no rra^oo to fear tbat sbe prcfened aay 

t i» ovn hearth. The poker fl^v from his haiad ooe ebe, there vas pkraty cf amorlaad Sface left 

^ h^ r^U, Xbe crovd msbed in after hire, cp- fur Hope to gioir apon.' And Aler*s aas ooe 

Me, Icoke open tbe door that prorccced of those natures that lov Hope ciciiaheie. 

■s books, and aiib ooe Tigoroos kick All that sach need is room to soar. Take tbat 

blacksmith's apprentice, sent in tbe away and they are desperate. Alee did boc 

.lee's retreat. Bat at tbat moment Alec ktkow what adTantage Beaa^amp hai beea 

iplating tbe crowd below from a regal taking cf the Professor's inritatiaa to visst 

two red chimney-pocs. bim. 

•oon as be bad diawn to the door of After a time tbe tnrnnlt in tbe street grada- 

instead of finding darkneas be be- ally died away, and Alec tboagbt be migi^ Te*^ 

.d aware of aiootBbine, coming throogh a tore to retorn to Mr. Cnpplcs. Cbmbcnog 



ALEC FOllUEH OF HOWGLES. 



kck oTcr ilic roofi, lie enlcrcd, ind foand iho 
kiDer door (if the ctoaoi broken from ii« liingei. 
[As he moved it aside, a crj ofatnrtlcd fear dis- 
' •overed that his landhdy wm in the room. 

"Quid prcBcrro '■, Mr. Forbesfaho cried ; 
"wtmnra come jv frao, and what hoc ye been 
4boat, 10 raiao the hnlll toon npo' yc ? 1 iruit 
.Jre hoe nao legi or airmi a' a canld corp nliont 
'j«. The fowk i' ihc back aLreata cunnii liiJe lUat. 
'.An' I winna nlloo't i' m; booso. J'M luik at 
'pair Mr. Cupplea here." 

Mr. Cupptci lay on the bed, n-iili liii licod 
lound in a blooily bandnce. Uo hnd fulleii ugi- 
On the Tender, and a bad cnt lind been the con- 
Mqoeni-e. lia held oat Lia band to Alec, and 
:nid feeUy— 

"Bitniam, I ihoelit ye had yor neck ibrawn 
Ibi* lime. lloa,tIu: maekle dcil! did ye win 
to' their jnipsP" 

"By playin' Ihe cat a wee," anawereJ Alec. 
"tl'l the first time," remarked Mr. Ciipiilea, 
I trer keni I had a door to ihe lift (.ih/). But 
Uih ! ^0 aowl o' me was nenrban' gnein' out at 
ay nin rigcin. Gin it hadna 
Uen for tho gnidwifo hero, 'ai cam' np, cfier die 
tUnjwnfrle had laen thenuel's olT, an' fond me 
lying upo' llic hDHnhatnno, I wad hae been deid 
tr noo. Was my Ucid oneatb tbo grate, guid- 
•ifoP- 

"No, noo fniely that, Mr, Cupples; bat tho 

da o' '( wa& And ye maun jist band ver 

and lie Hill. Mr. Forboa, ye maun jwt 

doon wi'mo; forho winna baud's longnu 'a 

rtjt't yo're there. I '11 jiit mak' a cup u' my 

"Tny, gndcwiful Deil alockon himeel' wi' 
V> lav t Gie me a aoak o' itie tappet lien." 

**'i)aed, Mr. Cupplea, ye 'a bae nciltter aook 
Wtlnile o' Ihat apriag." 
•* Yo rigwiddie corlin !" grinned tho pationl. 
*'Qinye dinnabaud yer tongue, I '11 gang for 

"ITt fling him doon tho alnir. Hero '« doc. 
■" eneiii'h '." he addcil, looking at Alee. " Gie 
OhalfaElai8B,nalo." 
" Never a glaiM nor glaiu sail ye boo frae my 
tn," Mr. Cnpplca. It wad be the deid o' yc. 
.nd Torbye, ibne ill-raurcd gulier-panant (ihn- 
tierod) toomed the pig afure ibey good. And 
■Idfnitb! it wo* the only wiae-like thing ibcy 
Id. Foai the twa bilvea o' 't, Mr. Forbuo, aii' 
U Mm ace 't wi' the een o' misbelief." 
"Qanc ool o' my chanmer wi' yer havora," 
' Mr. Coppio, ''nndlcn'mo wi' AlccKurbL's. 
winjlB dcBvc me wi' his clash." 
""Peed, 1 'II no lea' twa aic Tales tbegitber. 

dCKm the aiair ilireckly, Mr. Forlici." 
iUcn aaw that it waa beiier to olny. lie went 
f) on die ily in the coiirae of the evening, huw- 
nr, but, pcepini; in and seeing that ho slept, 
MM down again. Ho inaiated apon sittinK np 
Vh him ihougli, to which, after repeated nm^ 
f iwnJcncs nnd caution, their landlady con- 

Uo was real loss and rcrcriih darinit ihe night. 
iIm (are him aonio water. He drank it enger- 
A flaah of his hamor broke through ihe 
Mid of his sntlRM'ing as ho returned the tumbler. 
"Eh, man! that's gran' tipple," he snid. 
HtMdoyo ca' 't?'" 

In tbe mominc bo was better ; but qnite nn- 
Ho to riae. 'Hie poor fullow had veir liitle 



Cmw 



blood for ordinary organic purposes, and tha loss 
of nny was a teriuua mntier to lilm, 

" I canna lift my head. Alec," he snid. " 
tbat Ihrawn wife wad hae but gien me a dra[i|iy 
o' nhusky, I wad hae been a' richt." 

"Jilt lie yo atill, Mr, Cnpplcs," anid Alee. 
" I winna gang to tho cbiss the day. 1 'II bide 



I ^c thing. What's to coo 
:ilin' yon or mo to luik cfior 
lawtui'll bo aayin' Ihat ] 
fit'in' ngen Ilie curlisiani 
a' aboot it, one cflcr anillier u' 



'"-Y"''Ud< 

tho buihs fiirbv, n 

them? An' i^sf 

mv heid cUirod w 

■"I'lltellibct 

"Ay: jilt do SBC. 
wad brnk my hen tc . 
got them piitcn in dnccnt order. Fniih ! 1 urnd- 
na lie siill i' my coffin. I wad be ihrnwin' ati ' 
tnmin,' and earfafflin' a' my wjn'in' shoot, sac 
that 1 wadna be respectable when 1 bude to get 
np again. Sao yo maunna lat Ibcm think that 
I 'm owor driickon for tho buiks to keep compony 

Alec promised lo do all ho could to krop audi 
a raUe eanclusion from entering the minds of the 
ainatus, and, saiisfied that ho would bcit sene 
the inieresisof Mr. Capple* by doing to at once, 
set ofT for college, to call on tho urofoioTS be- 
fjre lectures. 

Tbo moment he was out of tbo room, Mr. Cup- 
ples cot out of bed, and crawled lo tbo cupboard. 
To his mortification, however, be found tbnt what 
bis landlady bud aaid was in tho main truoi for 
the raseala had not left a apoonful either in the 
liotilo which be used as a decanter, or in tbo 
atoie-boltle called the tapjiit (crriinl) litH by nty 
of pre-eminence. He drained the f-^w dnijis 
which had gathered from the aides of ll>c loiter, 
for il was not in two balroa as alio had repre- 
sented, and crawled back to bed. A fresh occcm 
of fever was the eonseqnenco of the exenion. It 
was many daj-s before be was able lo rise. 

After the morning classes were over, Alec 
went to tell Mr. Fraser, the only proTeasur whom 
he had not alii»dy seen, about his adventure, 
and tho consequcDeca of Ihe librarian's generous 
interference. 

"I waa iinensy about you. Mr. Forlies," aaid 
tha profcaaor, ■■ for I hcai-d from yoor friend 
Bi^nnchamp that you hud gut inlo a row with 
tbo blackguards, but he did not know how you 
hod come cir." 

His fi'iend Qeanehampt How did ho know 
nlnut it 7 And when could ho have told Mr. 
Froser? — But Kote entered, and Aloe furgot 
Beauchamp. She hesitated, but lulvnnced atid 
held out her hand. Alec look it, but felt It trem- 
bb in his with a backward motion a* of reluc- 
tance, and ho knew thai another Ibicknnas of tlie 
luirting vail had fallen between her and him. 

" Will yoa stay and take tea with us V aakc-l 
the profesaoT. " Von never come to •«■ ua now." 

Alec atammercd out an unintelligible exeil*«. 

" Tonr friend Benuchamp will bo here," cu»- 
linucd Mr. Fniwr. 

" I fear Mr. Buaucliarop ia no friend of mine," 
said Alec. 

"Why do yon think thot? Ha speaks very 
kindly of you — always," 

Alec made no reply. Ugly tliin).-a were 
vnciusly showing themselves through a fiig. 

Koto left iho nxMO. 



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120 



ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLK:?. 



'*Yoa had better star/' said tho old man 
kindly. 

** I was up all night with Mr. Copples,'* an- 
swered Alec, longing to be alone that he might 
think things ont, " and I am anxious about him. 
I should be quite uneasy if I did stay — thank 
you, Mr. Fraser." 

** Ah ! well ; your excuse is a good one,** an- 
swered tho old roan. And thej parted. 

Alec went home with such a raging jealousy in 
his heart, that ho almost forgot Mr. Copplcs, 
and scarcely cared how he might find him. For 
this was the first time he had heard of any 
acquaintance between the professor and Beau- 
champ. And why should Kate hesitate to shake 
hands with him? Ho recalled how her hand 
hod trembled and fluttered on his arm when 
he spoke of the red stain on the water ; and how 
she had declined to shake hands with him when 
ho told her that be had come from tho dissect- 
ing-room. And tho conTiction seized him that 
Bcanchamp had been working on her morbid 
sensitiveness to his disadvantage — taking his re- 
venge on him by making the girl whom ho wor- 
shi[«d shrink from him with irrepressible loath- 
ing. 

And in tho lulls of his rage and jealousy, he 
had some gljmpscs into Kate's character. Not 
that ho was capable of thinking about it; but 
flashes of reality came once and again across the 
vapors of passion, lie saw too that her nerves 
cnnie, as it were, nearer the surface than those 
of other people, and that thence she was ex- 
fiosed to those sudden changes of feeling which 
had so often bewildered him. And now that 
delicate creature was in the hands of Beau- 
champ — a selfish and valgar-mindcd fellow ! 
That he whom he had heard insult a dead worn- 
an, and whom he had chastised for it, should 
dare to touch Kate! His rer}' touch whs dcflle- 
mcnr. But what could he do? Ala^ ! he could 
only hate. And what was that, if Kute should 
love ! But she could not love him alrendv. He 
would tell her what kind of a ]icrson he was. 
But she would not believe him, and would set 
it down to jealousy. And it would be mean to 
tell hei . Was Kate then to bo left to such a 
fate without a word of warning ? He woM tell 
her and let her despise him. — And so the storm 
raged all the way home. His only comfort lay 
in saying over and over again that Kate could 
not be in love with him yet. 

But if he had seen Kate, that same evening, 
looking up into Beauchamp*s face with a beauty 
in her own such va he had never beheld there, a 
beauty more than her face could hold, and over- 
flowing in light from her eyes, he would have 
found this poor reed of comfort break in his 
hand and pierce his heart. Nor could all his 
hatred have blinded him to the fact that Beau- 
champ looked splendid — his pale face, with its 
fine, regular, clear-cut features, reflecting the 
clow of hers, and his Highland dress setting off 
to full advantage his breadth of shoulders and 
commanding height. Kate had at last found one 
to whom she could look up, in whom she could 
trn^ ! 

He had taken her by storm, and yet not with- 
out well -laid schemes. For instance, having 
discovered her admiration of Byron, instead of 
setting himself, like Alec, to make himself ac- 
quainted with that poet, by which he could have 



gained no advantage over her, he mode himsvlt 
her pupil, and listened to everything she naa to 
say about Byron as to a new revelaticm. But, at 
the same time, lie began to study Shelley ; and, in 
a few days, was able to introduce, with sufficient 
application, one or two passages gathered from 
his pages. Now, to a mind like thas of Kate, 
with a strong leaning to the fantastic and strange, 
there was that in Shelley which quite orercrowmd 
Byron . She listened with breathless wonder and 
the feeling that now at last she hadfoond a poet 
just to her mind, who conld raise risions of a 
wilder beauty than had ever crossed the horizon 
of her imagination. And the fountain whence 
she drank the charmed water of this delight was 
the lips of that grand youth, all nobleness and 
devotion. And how wide his rcadini; must be, 
seeing ho knew a writer so well, of whom she had 
scarcely heard ! 

Shelley enabled Beanchamp to make the lame 
discovery, with regard to Kate's peculiar consiitn- 
tion, on the verge of which Alec had lingered so 
lung. For upon one occasion, when he quoted a 
few lines from the Sensitive Plant — if ever there 
was a Sensitive Plant in the hnroan garden, it 
was Kate — she turned *' white with the whiteness 
of what is dead,** shuddered, and breathed as if 
in the sensible presence of something disguiting. 
And the cunning Celt perceived in this emotion 
not merely an indication of what he mtist avoid, 
but a means as well of injuring him wha«e rival 
he had become for the sake of injury. Both to 
uncle and niece he had always spoken of Alee in 
a familiar and friendly manner; and now, he 
would occasionally drop a word or two with ref- 
erence to him and break oiT with a laugh. 

*' What do yon mean, Mr. Beanchamp ?** said 
Kate on one of these occasions. 

*' I was only thinking how Forbes wonid enjoy 
some lines I found in Shelley yesterday." 

"What are they?** 

''Ah, I must not repeat them to yon. Yon 
would turn pale again, and it would kill mo to 
see your white face.'* 

Whereupon Kate preFsed the qncstion no far- 
ther, and an additional feeling of discomfort asso- 
ciated itself with the name of Alec Forbes. 



CHAPTER LXVIIL 

I HAVE said that Mrs. Forbes brought Annie 
homo with her. For several months she lay in 
her own little room at Howglen. Mrs. Forbes 
was dreadfully anxious about her, ofVcn fearing 
much that her son's heroism had only prolonged 
the process— that she was dying notwithstanding 
from the effects of that awful night. At lensth 
on a morning in February, the first ware of tho 
feebly returning flow of the life-tide visited her 
heart, and she opened her eyes, seekingly. 
Through her little window, at which in summer 
she knew that the honeysuckle leaned in as if 
peeping and hearkening, she saw the conntrr 
wrapt in a winding-sheet of snow, through which 
patches of bright green had begun to dawn, just 
as her life had begun to show its returning Uoom 
above tho wan waves of death. Sickness is just 
a fight between life and death. A thrill of glad- 
ness, too pleasant to be borne withont tears, 
made her close her eyes. They throbbed and 



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131 I 



■d beneath llioir lid-i, and (he hoi tcnrs ran 

n her checks. It wai not glodncu for lhi« 
. - .. un nr for thai, liut iho eweniJHl gladoesi of 
beiBg that made her weep ; lliere lay the world, 
tthiie and green; and here lny slir, faint an J 
flliTC. Anil nochiogwa* wanting to the Rladncu 
Hnd fcindncsa oTMn. ForbesbuE ihc iodcuribriblo 

la oTmothErhood, which sbo waa not dirino- 

an enaagh to goneralc, buxb toward tlio olT- 
■■(■ring of hor awn bodv ; and that Annie did not 
l»U« much, bccnnse all knonledga tho hud of 
•iich " beavcniy hcallh" waa nwociatcd icitli llio 
:iiwfaoi7 of hor fathur. 

AalhcRpring ndroticed, her circnglh incr«Rie<l, 
till iha beeamo nbls to mors abunt the htiuao 

n. Nothing was >nid of her return to llio 
Braces, who were not moro ilcwrooa uf having 
her than Mn. Forbc* uai of pnrtinj* niih her. 
ilni if there bad i'tdf bovn any dunger of Alw't 
lUUng in lovs nith Annie, thcro was mnch more 
How. For u har health ntlarnod, it bccamo 
CTidant that a change had passt^d upon her. 
She had alw.iv! been a womnnly child : now >bQ 

a childlike woman. Ilcr eyns hnd grown 
, er, and the outlines of her form mora graec- 
fol; andallDah OS of sDtirise dawned oftcDcrorer 
the irbite roacs of her cheelu. She had ri]>cncd 

ir tho snow of ber sickncis. She had not 
_ v mneh, and tens rather nnder than orer the 
nrdlnarj' h«ighl ; bnt lier ihapc prodoccd the im- 
[w ew ion of l allncsn, and nugiceeted no probnhilirj 
|lf farther Rrowtli. Wlien tint Thomas Cranri 
w ber afrer her illneEH, he held ber at nnn'i 
iRth, find Eazed nt her. 

"Eh, biMie!" he said, "ye 're grown a wnm- 
Mtanl Ye'llliao iho bigger hert lo lore the Lord 
VI*. I tbocht he n-nJ hao (n'en je awa" a bairn, 






a wad ti 



loir wad I hnc niiiicd vc. bnirn! And a' 

■■iter Iliat I hao li«c auld Tlbbio. A man 

■ do wcci wiiliool aome woman or ither to 

i\m Ibo trawih. I wiu anir ibai I liadna 

IftcMi BM Htnkort kV her, wliilca." 

I nerer heani har my that ro was ever 
«Mllt*'*> Thoinnr. " 

' **Xo, I dnarsnv no. She wodna say 't. She 
^vsdna say "t, S;il> wiu a kin'-licriod auld b-idy." 

Bat she dldnn like tote ca'd auld," inicr- 

id Annie, wirb a amilohnlf in aad remini*- 

se of her friend's pec nliari lies, half in gsnite 

Immor. aeeking to lum the oonveraalion, and so 

dirert Thomas from fartlicr Bslf-aeauaatiun. 

Aweel, >hD 'e nne that nnld non !" he an- 
■ed with a rcsponsiro smile. " Eh, laasic I 

ann be a fine thing to iioa the nbdom o' age 
^ ni' the licht liert and the Strang banei o' 
tmnh. I *m growin' (oma auld myscl'. I was 
■MB prood o' that airm — " and it was a brnwnj 
rifhtArm he atrctchod om — "and there wa< no 
IBMI within ten mile o' Glamenon "nt end lift 
what I cad lift wlian I was fiTo-nnd-iweniy, I 

my that laiks ^j nnld to von, no?— Bat 
_. , lad i' the mason trade micht ding mo al 
llftln' Doo; for I'm siifTi' the back, and my 
•tm '• Jist rcid-hrt whiles wi' the rhenmnlccic ; 
and Rin I lift onv thing by ordinar', it gars me 
llMt Ilka a cat wi" the back-bane o" n herrin' in 
l»er thrapptc.— Ye '11 ho pinn back to Ilobort 
•*-» or lang, I 'm ihinkin'." 

I dinna ken. Tho miHrcss hn» unil nae- 
tliing ahoot it yet. And I 'm in nac linrry, I con 
(ell je, Thomas." 



"Weel, I dnnrsBV no. Ye mnnn lak'ahi 
o' care, toss, thai the plenty and content ye "ro 
lifin' in docana ipring Dp and choke the word.*' 

" Ay, Tbomns," answered Annie with nsmile; 
" it 'i a fine thing to hao rcamy milk lo ycr par- 
rilth. in place o' sky-blue to meal and water." 

What could ail the lassie? Sbo had nercr ' 
fpokcn lightly abont any thing bcfurc. Was 
felie l(Hi, like his old friend Alee, furgctling iho , 
aj.lendor of her high calling? 

Such was tlio IhoDght that poaacd llirotigh 
'rimniiia's mind; bnt the tmlb was thai, nnder j 
tlw genial influences of home tcndcn 
<uirly womanhood, a little a|iringof getitio humor i 
hailbefinn m flow softly through the quiet flclds < 
of hur childlike nalnre. 

The ninson gucd at her doubtfully, and wat 
troubled. Annie mn his diacompoaure, and tak- 
ing his great hand in her two little ones, loofcod 
fnlliniohiacold gray eye^ and said, acillsmiling, 

"Mh. Thomas I wadnnyohoo a body mak' ii 
grninr fun whilei whan it comes o' ilacl' likc^" 

Bui Tbomns, nnxiooa about tbo itato of mind 
thai produced the change, did not show himself 
aatisHed. 

*> We dinnn hear 'at the Saviour hitnwl' exet 
taa muekle as ainiled," said be. 

"Weel, that wad hao been little wonner, ni" 
what he had upo' 'm. But I 'm nao auro that 
he didna, for a' llmt. Fowk diana ayo tell whan 
a body lauclis. I 'm thinkin' gin ane o' the 
bnirnit-a that ho took npo' 'a knee, — an' he wa* 
ill-pleased wi' them 'at wad hao shcuod tbem 
niva', — gin ano o' them had hauden up his woe 
limincr horaic, wi' a broken teg, and had prayed 
him to work a miracle an' men' the leg, he wadna 
bun HToclil a miracle may be, I daur say, but he i 
uad haesmiletiOrraaybelaucbcn a wee, and be 
wad bac men't the leg some gait or itber lo 
jilooae the baimie. And gin 't had buen nt», I , 
wnd railhcr hue had the mon'in' o' 'a ' ' 
linn's, wi' a knife m help tliem may be, nor twenlf 

Thomas gatod at her for a moment in silence, . 
Then with a alow shake of tho hoad, and a full- 
blown smile on his ragged face, he anid— 

"Yo'ro a cnriona cratur', Annie. I dinna 
richily ken what to mak' o' ye whiles. To're 
like a auckin' bairn nnd a gron'mither baitb in 
one. Bnt I'm Ihinkin'. atwecn the lwa,yo'r6 
inaislly i' ibe richl. And ye bac set me rich! 
afore noo. — 8ao ve'ro nao gaun hame [o the 
BrncCB again r* 

" 1 didna my Ihnl," nnswrrcd Annie : " I only 
snid I had li'ard nnething abiKil it VeL" 

"What for dinna vo jine tho kirk.nool" said 
Thomas abruptly, aher having tried in toIii lo 
And a gradual Introduction to tha quenion. 
"Dinna ye think ii'a a dcnwi* in keep in 
min' what the great Blicplicrd did for bis «n 
chosen flock?" 

" Sao doot o' thai. Tbomni. Bal I twrer 
thocht o' sic a thing, I dinna even ken 'at I am 
anoo'ihoelcc'," 

Ye dinna ken yal?" 



*' No,' 



fully. 



at thai," rolumed Tlioi 
" And, forby," roaumed Annie, " gin I wa 

I 'm no guld enench yci. An' bnldea that — ' 
But here ahesloppnd nnd remained lilent. 
"What was ye gaiin to tay ?" asked Thoma^ 

enconragingly. 



122 



ALEC FOUBES OF UOWGLEX. 



Bat Annie did not reply. SIic looked perplex- 
ed. With the tntuiiion uf sympathy springing 
from like thoughts, Thomas guessed what was 
moving in her mind. 

'*! ken what ye 're thinking lassie,** ho said. 
'^Yo canna help thinkin'that there's some in 
oor roids wha may as weel bo nameless, for that 
they are no credit to us, neyther wad be to ony 
lioify o* whueh they war jined members. Isna 
tlint yer trouble, bairn ?" 

**• 'Deed is 't, in pairt, Thomas. But it *8 mair 
the stare o' my ain feelin's wi* regaird to ane in 
)Mu*ucular, nor the fac* that ho *8 a member o* the 
kirk. Gin I cud bo sure that Mr. Bruce wad 
aye bo at tho ither en* o' the seat, I micht think 
o' 't. Il 's no that I wadna lat him tak* it. I 
dauma meddle wi* that. But gin I had to tak' 
it frao liis ban', I jist cudna regaird it as the sa* 
cred thing that it budo to bo considered." 

Thomas remained silent, with downcast 
thoughtful look. 

It may be necessary to state, in explanation of 
Annie's feelings, titat tho Scotch, at the celebra- 
tion of the Eucharist, sit in long rows, and pass 
the bread, each breaking off a portion for him- 
self, and the wine, from tho one to the other. 

The compressed lips and motionless counte- 
nance of Thomas showed that he was thinking 
more than ho was prepared to clothe in words. 
After standing thus for a few moments, he lifted 
his head, and returning no answer to Annie's ex- 
position of her feelings, bade her good-bye^ and 
walked away. 

The drift of Thomas's reflections I shall now 
help my reader to see. 

Their appetito for prophecy having assuaged 
with the assuaging flood, the people of Glamer- 
ton had no capacity for excitement left. The 
consequence was that the congregations, espe- 
cially the evening congregations, began at once 
to diminish. Having once ceased to feel anxie- 
ty about some vague impending vengeance, com- 
paratively few chose to be rated any longer about 
their sins; while soma seeing how in the s/nite 
the righteous were taken and the wicked left, 
felt themselves aggrieved, and stayed at home on 
the Sunday nights. Nor was the deterioration 
confined to the congregations. Not only had 
the novelty of Mr. Tumbull's style worn off, but 
he felt himself that he could not preach with the 
Kamo fcn'or as before; the fact being that he 
had exhausted the electric region of the spiritual 
brain, and without repose it could never fulmi- 
nate again. A second and worse consequence 
was that, in his dissatisfaction with himself, he 
attempted to get up his former excitement by 
preaching as if he were still under its influences. 
Upon this his conscience sternly accused him of 
hypocrisy and pretense, which reacted in paral- 
vsis ; and the whole business became wretched, 
teven his greatest admirers were compelled to ac- 
knowledge that Mr. TurnbuU had lost much of 
his unction, and that except the Spirit were pour- 
ed down upon them from on high, their pros- 
pects were very disheartening. For even the 
best men in the Church, as, following apostolic 
example without regard to circnmstance, they 
called each separate community of the initiate, 
were worldly enough to judge of the degree of 
heavenly favor shown them, not by the love they 
bore to tho truth and to each other, not by the 
purity of their collective acts and the prevalence 



of a high standard of morality in the individual— 
poor as even these divine favors wonld have been 
as a measure of the divine favor — bat, in a great 
degree, by the success which attended the preach, 
ing of their pastor, in adding to their esoteric com- 
man ion, and, still worse, by the numbers which 
repaired to their court of the Gentiles — ^thcir ex- 
oteric congregation. Nor, it moat be confessed, 
was even 'Thomas Crann, in many things so wise 
and good, and in all things to aspiring, an excep- 
tion. Pondering ovct the signs of disfavor and 
decay, ho arrived at the conclnsion that there 
must be an Achun in tho camp. And indeed 
if there were an Achan, he had known well 
enough, for a long time, who would turn ont to 
represent that typical person. Of conrae, it 
could be no other than the money-loving, the 
mammon-worshiping Bobert Bmoc. When, 
therefore, he found that such a pearl of price as 
Annie Anderson was excluded from their *' little 
heaven below," by the presence of this possible 
anti-typical Achan, he could not help feeling Uui 
original conviction abundantly strengthoied. 
But ho did not see what could be done. 

Meantime, on the loving, long-rcmcrobering 
Annie, dawned a great pleasure. James Dow 
came to see her, and had a long interview with 
Mrs. Forbes, the result of which she learned after 
his departure. One of the farm-servants who had 
been at Uowglen for some years was going to 
leave at the next term, and Mrs. Forbea had 
asked Dow whether he knew of one to take 
his place. Whereupon he had offered himself, 
and thepr had arranged every thing for his taking 
the position of grieve or foreman, which post he 
had occupied with James Anderson, and was at 
present occupying some ten or twelve miles npthe 
hill-country. Few things could have pleased Mrs. 
Forbes more; for James Dow was recognixed 
throughout the country as the very pattern of 
what a foreman ought to be ; his character for 
saving his employers all possible expense, having 
more than its just proportion in generating this 
reputation ; for this is a capacity which, in a 
poor country where it is next to impossible to bo 
enterprising, will naturally receive at least its 
full share of commendation' Of late, Mrs. Forbes 
had found it more difficult to meet her current 
expenses ; for Alec's requirements at college were 
heavier this year than they had been before; 
so that, much to- her annoyance, she had been 
compelled to delay the last half-yearly payment 
of Brace's interest. Nur could she easily bear 
to recall the expression u)X)n his keen ferret-like 
face when she informed him that it would bo 
more convenient to pay the money a month 
hence. That month had passed, and anotJier, 
before she had been able to do so. For although 
the home expenses npon a farm in Scotland arc 
very small, yet, in the midst of plenty, money U 
often scarce enough. Now, however, she hoped 
that, with James Dow's management, things 
would go better, and she wonld be able to hold 
her mental head a little higher in her own prci^- 
encc. So she was happy, knowing nothing of 
tho cloud that was gathering over the far-off 
university, soon to sweep northward, and envel- 
op Uowglen in its dusky folds. 



ALICC KOIIBES 0" IIOWGI.EN". 



m . 



CHAPTER LXIX. 

A STATE of cnmctUiii); Uka craoliannl stapcrac- 
lion ■ucvcvilcd lo llio ment&l lumnltof ihaloven- 
ing nhcn fintt Alec auw thai his wont and wild- 
er IWebodinga might bi even alreiLily on the 
point of reilizutioD. TJic poor glimmer oF hope 
ihdt remninod was only enough to show how ter- 
rible vu the [larknesa around it. It wni nrcli 
for him ibiit gnitituda required of him >ome 
mi n'utmtions beyond those which he took out of 
Ilia Inndlndy'a hunda tho moment ho coma in 
from college. Ills ciulom wm lo carry his 
biiok* to the ticlc man's room, nnd wearily pre- 
tend, without even soeming, lo bo occupied wiih 
iherii. While thus nncmployed he dSd not know 
Uow anxiously he was wwclied by iha bi^ bino 
cy«* of bis friend, shining like two fullen itnn 
from ihe carern of his bed. Hut, ns I hnro a(ud, 
lie hud iDore to do for him ihun merely to sup- 
]il/ liis few rrunta when lie come home. For the 
|nitii:nl's uncmincse a-tioai tho books and the cnt- 
iilocuc lad him to ofTor not only to mioiaier to iho 
KiLnts of tho students in the middle of iho day, 
liiittoipcndanliOMr oriwo every evening in car- 
rying on llio catalogue. This engagement was 
a Cruiit relioT to iha pro-librarian, and ho im- 
jicwred more rapidly iliencoforih. Whether 
AIm** labor wna ligliloiicd or not by the fact 
ihai he bad n chonco of seeing Kntu pnss tlio 
vlndowiileannoitctl, but I think any kind of 
■notion lighteni labor. And I think the labor 
littliloncd his pain ; and I know ho was noi to 
alMorbcd in his unhappin^'s. th'>ut;h at times the 
fljuhcs of a keen agony bruku fmni iho dull cloud 
I itf his misery, as to perform the dniim he hadnn- 
Inteken in a perfunctory niiiiiiivr. The cata- 
CMB mide slow but steady progress. And so 
rj ihe librarian. 

Mr,Forbe8,"Bnid Mr. F rose r, looking ath" 
lljr, one morning after the lecture, "you i 
^reat itrnngcr now. Won't you come a — 
mad n-raorrow cTsniog niih us? We aro 
ttpig 10 bare a Utile party. It is my birth- 
Wft thottgh I 'm sure I don'l know why an old 
m» \Jka me shoald bare nny birthdays. But 
ji not my doing. Kate fuund it oal, and she 
imtd hKve a merry- makinu. I think myself 
Ikcr a man's forty, bo should go back to thir- 
■-RhM, thirty-eight, and so on. indieming his 
rogress toward none at all. 1'hat gives him 
good sweep before be cnmci to two, one, 
uigiil. At which rale I ahAl be ihiricen lo- 

Tbo old men rallied on as if he saw the cloud ! 
B Alec^ fucfl and would diipel it by klndncH. 

boUeTche was uneasy about him. Whether ho 
Mncd the real cause of his gloom, or feared 
Ml be was gelling into bad ivnys, I can not 

n* ilid not luccccd. however, in dispelling the 
krad I f^r Iho ihoDght at ihi;i moment passing 
■mngh AUe'a mind wai, ihat Kate had wanted 
M merty-making in order lo ham Beauchamp 
MM. But with a feeling like IhnI which makes 
ne irritate a smarting wound, or urge on an 
ling tooth, ho resolved lo go ond have bis pain 



cs 



He was the flrst lo arrive. 
Kate won in ilns drawing-room al ihc piano, 
dbnl in white— lovelier than ever. Sfio rose 
id mot liim with some cnthnrrnssmcnl, wMcli 



■ho tried lo cover under more tiinn usual kind- 
ness. Blie liad not wished Alec to bo ono of iliB 
company, knowing ii would make him unha]>py 
and her uncomfortnblc. 

" Oh Kate '." sh! J Alec, overpowered with lier 

KaCB look it furn reproach, nnd making v 
plj, withdrew lier hand and lunied owny. Alec 
saw OS slio lumed that all the light had goite o 
of her face. But ihnt instant Beauchamp enter- 
ed, and OS she turned once more lo greet him, 
the tight flashed from ber face and licr eyes, a* 
if her heart had been a fountain of rocy tlamc. 
Beauchamp was magDiliecn^ Iho ralhcr qnict 
tartan of hi* clan being lighted np with nil the 
silver nnd jewels of which the dress admits. In 
thohiliofbis dirk, in his brooch, and for butlons. 
he wore a set of old family lopaxcs, instead of 
the commoner caimgorm, so thai as lie entered 
lio flasbed golden light from the dork green 
cloud of his tartan. Not observing Alec, ho ni~ 
vnnccd to Kale with tho conHdenco of an m 
ccptcd lover; bat some motion of her band • 
glance from her eyva warned him in lime. Ho 
looked ronnd, started a litllc, and greeted him 
with a slight bow, of which Alec took no no- 
tico. He then turned to Kale and began lo 
talk in a low tone, to which she listened willi 
her head banging like the lojjmos- boll ol' n 
wild hyacinth. As he looked, the Inst ^ekly 
glimmer of Alec's hope died onl in darkness. 
Bui he bora up in bitterDcss, and a demon 
awoke in him laughing, lie saw tlio smoolb 
handsome face, tho vnil of so much that was 
mean and wretched, bending over the lorc- 
linoEs that he loved, yet tho demon in him only 
laughed. 

It may appear Btronge that they should be- 
have so like lovers in tlio presence of any ihird 
^ person, much more in ihc pretence of Alec. But 
I Beauchamp had now mado progress enough to 
secure bis revenge of mortiUcaiion ; and for thai, 
wiih the power which be had acqaired over 
Kate's sensitive nature, bo drew her into tlie 
spheni of his flaunted triumph, and mndo her 
wound Alec lotho root of bis vulnerable being. 
Had Alec then seen his own face, he would 
have eocn upon it tho sneer that ho liated so 
upon that of Beauchamp. For all wickedness 
tends to destroy individuality, and declining 
natures onimilato a* ihey sink. 

Oilier visitors arrived, and Alee found allrango 
dcli^jbt in behaving as if ha knew of no hidden 
wound, and his mind were in a stale of nliulnlo 
negligt. Bui how would he meet the cold nluil 
bloivingover tho desolate links ? 

Some music, and agood deal of provincial talk 
— not alwnys less human and elevating than tho 
melropoliinn — fulla(vcd. Bcnochomp moderated 
his alioniions to Kaie; bul Alee saw ihnt it was 
in complinnoc with his dssiro that, though reluc- 
tant, slic wont It second time lo the piano. Tho 
song she hndjust sung was insignincHni cnoogh ; 
bnl ihe second was one of the ballad) of ber old 
Tlinlian nunc, and had the medt of on antique 
northern foundation at lewil, although It bad 
ovidonily pasted through the hands of a low- 
land poet before [i had in It* present form found 
its way northward again to the Shetland Isles, 
The flnt tone of the ghoiily moiie siortled Alec, 
and would hnve arretted him cTcn if the voice 
bad not bi:cn Kate's, 



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ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



^^ Sweep np the flure, Janet, 
Hut ou onither peat 
It *• a loirn and stany nidiii Janeti 
And neither cauld nor weei. 

^^ And it*i open booae we keep the nicht 
For onj that may be oot. 
It *ii the nicht atwecn the Sancta and Soula, 
Whan the bodilew gang aboot. 

'• Set the chain back to the wa*, Janet ; 
Mak* ready fur quaiet fowlc. 
line a' thing aa clean a« win*in* sheet : 
Thej comena ilka ook. 

** There 'a a spole* upo* the dure, Janet; 
And there 's a rowan-berry : 
Swoep them into the fire, Janet — 
They'll be welomner than merry. 

^ Syne set open the door, Janet — 
Wide open for wha kens wlia ; 
Ah ye come bonn to yer bed, Janets 
Set it open to the wa*.** 

Shf» ret the chaim back to the wa,* 

Dtit ane made o* the birk ; 
Slio nvevtpit the flure, — lefi that ao rpalc, 

A lang spale o* the aik. 

The nicht was lowne, and the Mtan lat ftiU, 

Agllntin* doon tbe^ky; 
And the souli crap oot o* their mooly graven, 

A' dank wT lyln* by. 

Slie had eet the door wide to the wa% 
And blawn the peats rosy reid ; 

They war ehoonless feet gaed oot and in, 
Kor clampit as they gaed. 

ATlian midnicht cam*, the mithcr raso— 

Slie wad gae see and hear. 
Back 8he cam* wf a glowerin* Ikoe, 

And Bloomin* wf rerra fenr. 

** There *n ane o* tliem sittin* afore the fire I 
Jan(>t, gang na to rao ; 
Te led a chair afore the fire, 
Wlianr I tauld ye nae cliair sud be.** 

Janet she smiled in lier rootheT*H face : 
She hnd brunt the rodden reid ; 

And she left aneath the birken diair 
The spirfe frac a eoflEln-lid. 

She mte and slie gaed butt the hooe«, 

A76 atedlin* door and door. 
Three boors catd by or her mother l.eard 

liar fit np(r the floor. 

Bnt whan the gray cock crew, she beard 

The sound u* shoeless feet; 
Whan the red cock erew, she heard the door, 

And a sough o* wind and weeL 

And Janet cam* back wT a wan face. 

But never a word said she ; 
Xo man ever heard lier voice lood oot. 

It cam* like frae ower the sea. 

And no mnn ever heard her lanch, 

Kor yet say alas or wae ; 
But a smile aye gUmmert 00 her wan face, 

Uke tlie moooUcht oo tlie 



And ilka nicht *tween the Sancts and the Souls, 

Wide open she set the door; 
And she mcndit the fire, and slie left ae elinir. 

And that spale upo* the floor. 

And at midnicht she gaed bntt the boose. 

Aye stoekin* door and door. 
Whin the rei>l cock crew, she cam* benn the hooce, 

Aye wanner than afore- 
Wanner her face, and sweeter her smile ; 

Till the seventh All SouKs eve. 
Her niotlier she heard the shoeless feet, 

Said *^ ebu *a comin*, I believe.*' 

But she cnmna benn, and her mother lay; 

For fenr nhe cudna stan*. 
But np Hhe mt>c and benn she gaed. 

Whan the gowdcn cock had craa'n. 

And Janet sat npo* the chair. 

White as the dsy did daw; 
Ilrr Hmile was a sunglint left on the sea. 

Whan the sun has gane awa*. 

Alec Imcl never till now heard her sins renllr. 
Wild niusic and eerie ballad together filled and 

•A wood-shaving. 



absorbed him. He was still f^azinf: at her luvily 
head, when the last wailinj; sounds of the accom- 
paniment ceased, and her face turned round, 
white as Janet*8. She gave one glance of unut- 
terable feeling up into Beaucbamp*s face, and 
hiding her own in her handkerchief, 8obt>ed out — 
''You would make mo sing it!*' and left the 
room. 

Alcc*s heart swelled with indignant 83nnpath j. 
But what could he do ? The room became insup- 
portable the moment she had quitted it, and lie 
mode his wav to the door. As he opened it, ho 
could not help glancing at Beauchamp. Instead 
of the dismay he expected, be saw triumph on bis 
pale countenance, and in the curl of his scarred 
lip. lie flew frantic from the house. The skj 
was crowded with the watchings of starry eyes. 
To his fancy they were like Beauchamp*8, and he 
hated them. Seekinff refuge from their gaxe, bo 
rushed to the library, and threw himself on a heap 
of foreign books, which he had that morning ar- 
ranged for binding. A ghostly glimmer from 
the snow, and the stars orerhead, made the dark- 
ness thinner about the windows ; bnt there was 
no other light in the place ; and there he lay, 
feeling darker within than the night around him. 
Kate was weeping in her room ; that contempt- 
ible ape had wounded her ; and instead of being 
sorry for if, was rejoicing in his power. And he 
could not go to her ; she would rcceire no com- 
fort from him. 

It was a bitter hour. Eternity must be very 
rich to make up fur some such hours. 

He had lain n long time with his face down 
npon the b<>()k5>. when he suddenly started and 
listened. He heard the sound of an opening 
door, but not of the door in ordinary use. ' Think- 
ing it proceeded from some thievish intent, he 
kept still. There was another door, io a comer, 
covered with books, but it wos never opened at 
all. It communicated with a part of the build- 
ings of the quadrangle which hod been used for 
the abode of the students under a former econ- 
omy. It had been abandoned now for many 
years, as none slept any longer within the walls of 
the college. Alec knew all this, but he did not 
know that there was also a communication bc- 
twoen this empty region and Mr. Frascr^s house ; 
or that the library had been used before as a trygi 
by Beauchamp and Kate. 

The door closed, and the light of a lantern 
flashed to the ceiling. Wondering that such a 
place shonld excite the cupidity of housebreakers, 
yet convinced that such tlic intruders were. Alec 
moved gently into the embrasure of one of the 
windows, against the comer of which abutted a 
screen of bookshelves. A certain light rustling, 
however, startletl him into doubt, and the doubt 
soon passed into painful conviction. 

" Why were yon so unkind, Patrick ?'* said ihe 
voice of Kate. ** You know it kills mc to Hng 
that ballad. I can not bear it.** 

**Why Miould you mind singing an old scng 
your nurse taught you ?** 

** My nurse learned it from my mother. Oh 
Patrick! what would mv mother sav if she knew 
that I met you this way ? You shouldn't ask mc. 
You know I can refuse yon nothing ; and yon 
should bo generous." 

Alec could not hear his answer, and he knew 
why. That scar on his lip ! Kate*s lips there ! 

Of conrse Alec ought not to have listened* 



ALEC FUHBES OF UOWGLES. 



the fiiel witi, ilint, f>ir (lis lim!^ all conicion^ 
of free u'Uland cupubiJityof action hail van- 
hhed from his mind. Ilia buqI itaM but ■ black 
golrinM which ponniJ the I'lilaeeihontic caLa- 
let nf ibeir coD*eraalion. 
"Ah, yes. Fa'"':!:! Ki«os nro eniy. Bat 
>a hart ma terribly BOiQclimcB. And I know 
liy. You bate my cousin, poor hoy 1 — and 
>a wont me lo bate him loo. I wonder if 
lu lore nio M much as lie docs! — or did; for 
inly I hiiTB been unkind enough to ciins him 
t/ loiing me. Surely you are not jculuus of 
dim t" 

■* JeoJous of Ai« -'—I shonlJ think not '." 
Ilaman cxpreasion could liaro lliru^ n no more 
on into the word. 
"But yoa hate him." 

"1 don't hate him. He 'unot worth haling— 
le ■■rkwnrU aieer !— although I confou 1 have 
MMeloiIitlikobim, and have soms graiiRcation 
iMMtifyinghim. But ho 'a not a pleasant lub- 
Bl M me." 

"Hi» mother bin bocn jctj kind to ma. I 

Ub you would make it up with him fur my 

ike, I'atrick. llo may bo uncouth and awkward 

-I Joa'c know— but that's no reason for hating 

liim. 1 lora you so tlint I cautd love any body 

loved yoo. Yoa don't know how I love you, 

Fatriek— though yoa arc unkind sometioios. 

Tba world uMd to look so cold, and narrow, and 

Riay ; but now there is n flush like sonaet ovor 

et«i7 thin(*, and I am so happy 1 Patrick, don't 

make me do Ibiogi before my cousin that will 

kan him." 

Alec koGw that she pressed closer to Beau- 
CllMnp,ilnd ofTered him her face. 

'^Lteten, my Kate," «aiil Beancbamp, "I 
wlhore are things yoa caa not bear lo hear; 
yoa most hear tliii." 

'No, no, not now !" aniworcd Kate, shudder- 
Alee knew bow she looked — saw ber with the 
M of his mcmoiy as she had looked once or 
Ice— anil lisiened unconieious of any cxisl- 
m but tbut of hearing. 

*>Toa must, Kate, and you shall," sniil Beaa- 

" " u asked mo only yesterday bow [ 

oarouroylip. I will tell you. I 

jniin of yours for anmanly bchav- 

K In tita disaecting-room, iho very first time ho 

uend it. He made no reply; but whcti iro 

DM OBt, he struck mc." 

"Bto icy mood passed nway, and luch a glow 

■f lid Angor ruibcil through Alec's reins, Ihnt ho 

* k B if iho bol blast from moltoti mctnl were 

ariMg upim bis face. That Kale should marry 

Mft m*nl Tlie same moment bo stood in the 

rtofllM lanivn, with one word on his lips — 

"Uar!- 

BMUchamn'a hand iprang to the hilt of his 
difk. Alne laughed with bitter eonlcmjil. 

ihl" lie saidi "evED you will not say 1 
ward. Do if you dare 1 " 
After her first Marilcd cry, Rata had stood 
Bating and trembling. Benuebnmp'a prcwncc 
«f BJad returned. Ho thrust his hnlf.ilrawn 
~'rk Into iti iheath, and with a curl of ilie 
nnd lip, Mid coldly — 
"Sans-droppinR." 
"LjFtnf," retorted Alec. 
"Well. I mast iny," relnrncil lleanchnmp, ni- 
•t ixditliod 



wnebytli 

nlMli«aih 



conrersntion is at [cost nnusnul in tlio presi 

Without inaUini! him any te\-W, Altc turneJ 
to Ki>le. 

" Krkte," hu noid, " I Hwcnr To yuu thai I at: 
liimoulyafterfairwarnini;, nfturinsuhturay . ., 
and insult to the dead. IIu did tiot know that 
1 was able to give bim the chastiseiUGnt ho dc- 

Idaabtif Cate heard any of thisapecch. She 
had been leanini; ngalust a bookcase, and from 

it she now slipped sideways lu the Hoor. 

" Vou brute 1" Bud Beauchomp. " You will 
answer tome for this." 

" When you please," rctamnd Alec. " M 
lifflo yuu will leave this room, or 1 will muko 

"Go to the devil!" said Beauebamp, again 
laying hia bund on bis dirk. 

" You COD claiia fair pluy no more than a wolf," 
sni 1 Alec, keeping his eye on bis enemy's hand. 
' ' Vou hod belter go. 1 bavo only to riog this 
bell and the sacrist will ha hore." 

"That is your regard for your cousin! Tun 
would expose her lo ihe sorvanlsl" 

"1 will expose her to any thing rather than 
to you. I bare held my tongue too long." 

" And you will leave Iter lying bcra ?" 

" You will leave her lying here." 

"That is your revenge, is it?" 

" Iwaniaorcvence uveaoujon, Beauchamp. 
Go." 

"I will neiilior foreilull nor forcet mine," 
Beauchamp, as bo turned and went out into the 
quadrangle. 

When Alec came to think about it, Lo coiild 
not undcnlnnd Ihe onso of liis victory, llu did 
not know what a power their first onoountor bod 
aiven him over Iho inferior nature of Beauchamp, 
in whntn the nnimal, unsupponed by the moral, 
was cowed before the unimnl in Forbes, backed 
by the sense of right. 

And above all ihings Bcanchamp bated to find 
himself lu an awkward position, which certainly 
would have been his caso if Alec had ran)- for tin 
sacrist. Nor was bo capable of aciiiii! well on 
the spur of any moment, lie must linvc plans 
— those bo would carry out romorsckasly. So 
be wontawoy toexcoplotc t^mher revenge. But 
he was in love with Knie just enough to bo un- 
easy as to the nwalt uf Aloe's iiiiorviaw with 
her. 

Returning to Kale, Alec found her moaninp. 
tie supported her head as she had done fjr liiin 
in iluit old harvest field, nnd cbofud her chilly 
Imnila. Buforc her tonsos had quite returned, 
the began to talk, and, after several inarticulate 
ntlempts, lior murmured words became plain. 

"Never mind, deor," she said; " tlio boy !■ 
wild. Iledoosn't know what hesny*. Oh, Pat- 
rick, my heart is aching with lore to you. It is 
good lore, I know ; and yon must be kind to roo, 
nnd nut make me do what I don't like lo do. 
And yoa must forgive mr poor cousin, fur lie did 
not mean lo toll lies, bo fancies you bad, be- 
cause I liive you so much mora than bim. Bnt 
you kniiw I can't help it, aail I dare say bo can't 



I 



Alec folt as if a groan flame wei« eonanmtng 
his brain. And the blood surged so into bU bend 
and rye<,t1ini be saw flashes of Are botneen him 
and ICaie. Ue could not remain In such a fulsa ' 




12(S 



ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEN. 



position, with Kate taking him for her lover. Bat 
what an awful shock it would be to her when she 
discovered the truth ! How was it to he avoided ? 
Ho must get her home before she recovered quite. 
For this there was but one chance, and that lay 
in a bold venture. Mr. Fraser^s door was just 
across a comer of the quadrangle. He would 
cany her to her own room. The gaests must be 
prone, and it was a small household, so that the 
chnnce of effecting it undiscovered was a good 
one. He did effect it — in three minutes more 
he had laid her on her own bed, had rung her 
bell, and had sped out of the house as fast and as 
quietly ns he could. 

His gratification at having succeeded in escnp- 
ing Kate*s recognition, bore him up for a little, 
but before he reached home his heart felt like a 
burnt out volcano. 

Meantime Mr. Cupplcs had been fretting over 
his absence, fur he had come to depend very much 
upon Alec. At last he had rung the bell, know- 
ing that Mrs. Leslie was out, and timt it would be 
answered by a dirty girl in nailed shoes turned 
down at the heel — she would be open to a bribe. 
Nor did she need much persuasion bcsiden. Off 
she ran with his empty bottle, to get it filled at 
the grocer*s over the way. 

When Alec came home he found his friend fast 
asleep in bed, the room smelling strongly of tod- 
dy, and the bottle standing on the table beside 
tlie emptv tumbler. Faint in bodv, mind, and 
lipirit, as if from the sudden temptation of an un- 
holy power, he caught up the bottle. The elixir 
mortis flowed gurgling from the narrow neck into 
the tumbler which Mr. Cupples had lately emp- 
tied. Heedless and reckless, he nearly filled it, 
and was jnst lifting it to his lips, when aery, half- 
moulded into a curse, rang from the bed, and the 
same instant the tumbler was struck from his 
hand. It fiew in fragments against the grate, 
and the spirit rushed in a roaring fiame of de- 
moniacal wrath up the chimney. 

'* Damn you V* half shrieked, half panted Mr. 
Cupples in his night-shirt, at Alec*s elbow, Ptill 
under the influence of the same spirit he hod 
banned on its way to Alec Forbes's empty house 
— **damn you, bantam! ye've broken my fn- 
ther*s tumbler. De'il tak' ye for a vaigabon* ! 
I Ve a guid min* to thraw the neck o* ye !" 

Seeing Mr. Cupples was only two-thirds of 
Alcc*s height, and one-half of his thickness, the 
threat, as he then stood, was rather ludicrous. 
Miserable as he was. Alec could not help laugh- 
ing. 

** Ye may lanch, bantam ! but I want no com- 
panion in hell to cost his damnation in my teeth. 
Gin ye touch that bottle again, faith, I ll brain 
ye, and sen' ye into the ither warl' withoot that 
handle at least for Sawtan to catch a grip o' ye 
by. And there mat/ be a handle somcwhaur o* 
the richt side o' ye for some saft-hertit anp;el to 
lay han* upo' and gle ye a lift whnur ye ill dcscn'e 
to gang, ye thrawn bnckic ! Efier a* that I hao 
said to ye ! Damn ye. I** 

Alec burst into a loud roar of laughter. For 
there was the little man standing in his shirt, shak- 
ing a trembling fist at him, stammering with 
eagerness, and half choked with excitement. 

** Gang to yer bed, Mr. Cupples, or ye '11 tak* 
yer deith o' cauld. Luik here.'* 

And Alec seized the bottle once more. Mr. 
Cupples flew at him, and would have knocked 



the bottle after the glass, had not Alec held it 
high above his reach, exclaiming — 

** Toots, man I 'm gaen to pit it intil its ain 
neuk. Gang ye to yer bed, and lippen to me.'* 

•* Ye gie me yer word, ye winna pit it to yer 
mou' ?*• 

" I do," answered Alec. 

The same moment Mr. Cupples was flounder- 
ing on the bed in a perplexed attempt to get un- 
der the bed-clothes. A violent fit of coughing 
was the consequence of the exertion. 

** Ye *re like to toom yer ain kist afore ye brain 
my pan, Mr. Cupples,*' said Alec. 

'** Hand yer tongue, and lat me host (coujU) in 
peace,*' panted Mr. Cupples. 

Wiien the fit was over, he lay still, and stared 
at Alec. Alec had sat down in Mr. Ca]^lei*B eaiy 
chair, and was staring at the tire. 

''I see,*' mutteredMr. Cupples. **This'n do 
no longer. The laddie 's gaein* to the dogs for 
want o'bein* luikit efler. I maun be up the mom. 
It 's thae wimmen ! thaewimmen! Puir things! 
they canna aye help it ; but, de'il tak' them for 
bonnie oolets ! mony 's the fine laddie they drive 
into the cluiks o' auld Homy. Michtna some 
gran' discovery be made in Pheesiology, to ena- 
ble the warl' to gang on wantin' them f But, 
Lord preserve me! I wad hae naething left 
worth grectin' aboot !** 

He hid his face in the bed-clothes. 

Alee hearing part of this muttered discourse, 
had grown attentive, bnt there was nothing more 
forthcoming. He sat for a little, staring help- 
lessly into the fire. The world was very blank 
and dismal. 

Then he rose to go to bed ; for Mr. Cupplcs 
did not require him now. Finding him fast 
asleep under the bed-clothes, he made him as 
comfortable as he could. Then he locked the 
closet where the whisky was, and took the kej 
with him. 

Their mutual care in this respect was comical. 



CHAl'TER LXX. 

Tub next morning. Alec saw Mr. Cnpples In 
bed before he left. His surprise therefore was 
great when, entering the library after morning 
lectures, ho found him seated in his usual place, 
hard at work on his catalogue. Except that he 
was yet thinner and paler than before, the only 
diflference in his appearance was that his eyei 
were brighter and his complexion was clearer. 

** You here, Mr. Cupples !" he exclaimed. 

^'Whatgarred ye lock the press last nicht, ye 
deevil ?" returned the librarian, paying no atten- 
tion to Alec's expression of surprise. " But I say, 
bantam,** he continued, not waiting for a reply, 
which indeed was unnecessary, " ye hae dune yer 
wark well — verra near as weel *s I cud hae dune 
*t mysel'." 

'**! *m sure, Mr. Cupples, it was the least thing 
I could do.** 

** Ye impident cock ! It was the verra bert 
yon cud do, or ye wadna hae come within sicht 
0* me. I mayna be muckle at thrashin* attoar- 
neys, or cuttin* up deid corpuses, but I defy ye to 
come up to me at ony thing conneckit wi' buiks.** 

"Faith! Mr. Cnpples, ye may gang for- 
thcr nor that. Eftcr what ve hae dune for me, 




ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLES. 



1ST 1 



% gpacral, vo auJ lend the Forlorn 

I "Ay, ny. Il 'i a furtom Iiojk, a' 'at I'm fit 
f far. Alec Forbes," returned Cupples »aillr, 

"" « Blrack Alee so near hit own grief that hfi 

not repljr with even tceinitie cliecrralncsg. 

[ lie will nothing. Mr. CogiplcH resumed. 

"I hu twa three worUs to my to vou, Alec 
Can TC belisvo in a man u wcol 'b jb 

bclievo in yon, Hr. Cupploi . That 

■It doon there, and cflrrj' on frno 
: (it, Syne efter the three u'clui'k 
"a thi> •CBnion ? 
9 '11 KtiOg doon to Luckie Cumtiis's and hno 
ihTu' o' (lennor— ihe '11 do her beM for mo 
mler o' toddy — but do'il 
A imp •oil TO hae, bnntam — and Je'il a word 
will I tar to yo there. But wo 'It come hack 
d V the glonmln', I 'II gte ye n bit epiiodo 



In: lh« firal man that over I tell't it lilL And yo 
iM«T judge o' my raRBirJ for ye frao that fac'." 
A^ worked awny at his catalogue, and then 
Ktt^nded tlio ariernuon lectnro. "The dinner at 
Ijoekie Comsiic'ii rolloncd — of the plainest, but 
BOChJ. Alec'* trouble had not yet affected tlio 
tegioB in which Paley lents Iho organ of happi- 
noa. And while an appetite exists, a dinner 
will bo interoatrng. JuKt aa the gloaming was 
Ijduic into night, they went back to tha llbmrr. 
■•Willi rinower to the incri it's for aliiht?" 
uked Alee. 

J Iftt be. The mirk's morcifn', 

** 1 cnniia nnncrstnn' ye, Mr. Cnp]>leB. Sin 
rrer I keni yo i' thin libroiy, I never kent ye hide 
tbs oncomc o' the nicht. 'As loon 'i tbe glonra- 
ia" began I'l fu', JO aye flew lo jcr tiat, and oot at 
■ho dtfor 0* gin there had b^cn a gbaist gettin' 
its Imnea thi!ghher oot d' the dark Id come utye." 

" Hat bi me there was, bantam. Soe natio o' 

" 1 dUna moan lo anger ye, Mr. Cupplca." 

" Wiwar nuclbing '■ meant, naothing '» dune. 

I 'm nne angeit. And thntye'll suno see. Sit 

e doon there ; and tak' yer plnid aboot ye, or ye 



e plud yersol'. To 'r 



il Im cauld.' 
" Xa hae 

1 In cauld 

" I weir my plaid o' my inside. Tc hacna had 
■n* toddy. I).;iri broo ! il may wcel hand a 
(nily warm. It comes frae a het qnnrtcr." 

'fha open oak ceiling overhead was getting 
Tory dark by this time ; and the room, divided 
_^aa ctvwiM with books in all directions, left lii- 

. ~. ne to Iho light that straggled ihrongh 

B daitf windows. The friends seated them- 
n the lower stops of nn opon rircnlar 
« which wound np to a gallery running 
_.il the walls. 

**EfEer I had tacn my degree," bt^nn Mr. 

, "frao the hnn'o' this some conlhyauld 

BTg I heard o' a grit leebrary i' the north — I 

js say whaur — that wsntit the ban' o' a man 

t kenned what he was aboot, lo pit it in da- 

renl order, aae that a body cud lay his ban's npon 

I > baik whan be wantit it, aad au bn I' the con- 

m (lition o' Tantalus, wi' wntlur nt the mou' bnt 

L'«>iie for the faausc (ikrval). Diiina imaigin' it 



was apublic lihrnr}'. Nu, nil. Il h.'l.'U^Bd In n 
grit an' gran' liooee — the Lurd Itii'! itspec lilt 'l. 
lor it 's nae joke o' a lioose that — as 1 wool kent 
aforo a' was ower '. Wee), I wrought awa', tikin' 
the wark weel, for a boik 's tbe baaoiest thing i' 
the warl' but ane. and there's no dirl (thrillj in 'i ' 
whnnyo lay ban's npa"t, as there i«, Guidltcns, 
in the iihcr. Man, je hod better lay ban's nptiu 
11 torpedo, or a galvanic battery, nor upon a woin- 
nn-'I m?an a woman that ye hae ony ntlrne- 
lion till— fur she '11 gar ye dirl till ye dinna ken 
yer tlioomb frao yer mueklo tne. But I w^ta 
hpeikiii' aboot bniks an' no nboot women, only 
Bomoboo whntcver a man begins wi', he 'II nye 
en" nff n i' tbe same thing. The Lord lirvo n cn'ro 
o' them, for Ihoy 'ro awfu' craters ! They "re n.i 
liko ithcr fowk a'thegiihcr. Woel, ye see. I bud 
n room till mysel", forby Iho library an' my l*d- 
room — an' a gran' place tliat wns '. I didnn tvo 
ony thing u' the family, for I hod my dinnar 
nnd my wine and a' thing hnmnn stammock cud 
desire served np till me i' my ain room. But an 
dav, my denner was made up o' ae mess ofiiT 
unither. verra fine nae doot, but unco queer niiil 
ooilnndisb, nnd I liad nae appetoct, and 1 cndna 
cat it. Sao I rase, nforo my ordinor' lime, and 
gaed back to my ivark. 1 had taen twn or tliree 
glHScs o' n dooms fine tippto they ca' Mndoira, 
an' a mou'fu 'o' ebeese — that was a'. Wool. I 
sat doon to my catalogue there, as it mieht be 
here ; but I hadna sat copyin' the teetles o' tlie 
buiks laid oot upo' the mncklo table afare me, 
for mair nor twn minutes, whan I heard a kin' 
o' a reestlin', an' I thocht it was mice, to wbilk 
I 'm ft deidly enemy ever sin they oia half o' a 
first edition o' Iho 'Fairy Qaeen,' conioenin' 
only tlie first three bniks, ye ken, o' whilk iliey 
consumed an' nae dool assunilat«d oe Imlll bulk 
and full a half o' nnitber. But wbnn I lolkit 
up, what snd I see lint a wee leddy, in a gnon 
the color o' a clood that 's tatin' nae pairt i' ilic 
snnsel, but jist luikin' on like, sian'in afore the 
bnik-sholves i' the tiirtlier cn'o' the room. Noo 
I 'm terrible lanc-sicbtil, and I bad pitten tlii' 
bniks i'thot pairt a' ricbl already wi'my ane linu' 
— nnd I saw her put her ban' upon a huik llint 
was no fit for lior. I winnn any what it was. 
Some bermaphrodcet crntur had written 'l tlial 
luid no respcc fur man or wonan, nn' whose neck 
and hno been tbrawn by tbe midwife, fur tbalhnik 
cam o' sparin' u' 'm ! 

" ' Uinnn touch liiat huik, my bonny leddy,' I 
•riod. ' It 's awfu' fii' o" ditt and sloor. Jl '11 
smoro TB to o]ien iho twn broda o' 't. Yer roty 
goon 'II be ['lean blatidii wi' (he stew (dail) o' 'r'.' 

" Klio starlit and luikit roon some frichiii like, 
nnd [ rn*o nn' gncd nerom Ibe fluro till her. 
And her fsce grew bonnier and bonnier as I enm 
nearer till her. Her noso an' her twn echreca 
jist min'd ye upo' tha pirtnn o' tbe Holy Ghost 
comin' doon like a doO( and uol nncath ilka 
wing there Inikit a hcrt o' licht — that was her 
twn een, that gaed thron nnd Ihrou me na gin I' 
had been a warp and they twa shuttles; and 
fnith ! they made o' my life and o' me what It it 
and I am. They novo the wab o' me. 

" Ay. Tliey j:a«d oot snd in, and ihron and 
thron, and back and fore, and roon and abiwi 
till there wasaa a nerve or fibre o' my bciii'. 
but they had twisted il np jist as a splthcr does 
a flee nforo bcioakmholifc oot a' 'L But that '• 



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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN. 



was to ring fur thu lict wntcr ? I wantit nae- 
thing frae rruvidencc ur Natur* but jist that the 
color michtna be a' ta'en oot o' mv life. The 
muckle dccvil was in *t, that I cnuna stan* up 
to my fate like a man, and, gin my life was to 
cast the color, jist tak' my aold cloak aboot me, 
nnd gang on content. Bat I cndna. I bnde 
to sec things bonnic, or my strength gacd frae 
me. But ye canna slink in at back doors that 
gait. I was pittcn oot, and oot I mnnn bide. 
It wasna that lang afore I began to discover that 
it was a* a delusion and a snare. Whan I fell 
asleep, I wad dream whiles that, opcnin' the door 
into ane o* thae halls o* licht, there she was 
stan'in' laochin* at mo. And she micht hac 
gane on laochin* to a* eternity — for ony thing 
I cared. And — ten times waur — I wad whiles 
come upon her greitin' and repenting and bandin* 
oot her han' to me, and me carin' no more for 
her than for the b^rd o* a barley-stalk. And 
for makin* a sang — I jist steikit my lugs 
{stt^aped my ears) whan I heard a puir misguiait 
canary smgin* i' the sunshine. And I bogud to 
hcnr a laich lauch far awa*, and it cam* nearer 
and nearer ilka week, till it was ringin* i* my 
vcrra lug. But a* that was naething compaira- 
tcevcly. r the mids o* a qnaiet contemplation, 
suddenly, wi* an awfu* stoon, aghaistly doobt pat 
its hcid up i' my brcist, and cried — 'It *s a' fause. 
The gray luik o* life 's the tme ane, and the only 
nsiiec* ye hae a richt to see.' And efter tluit, a* 
the wh'usky in Glenlirat cndna console roe. — 
Luik at me noo. Te see what I am. I can whiles 
$»ing an auld sang — but mak* a new ane ! — Lord, 
man ! I can himlly believe *at ever I made a 
Rang i ' my life. Luik at my han* hoo it trimlcs. 
Luik at my hert It *s bront oot. There 's no a 
Icevm* crater but yersel* that I hae ony regaird 
for, sin my auld mither deid. Gin it wama for 
buiks, I wad amaist cut my throat. And the 
spnawtus disna think me bye and aboon half a 
proper companion for buiks even ; as gin Cup- 
pies micht corrup' Milton hiroscl, although he 
was ten feet ower his hcid bottled in a bulk. 
And whan I saw ye poor oot the whusky in that 
mad-like mainner, as gin *t had been some sma* 
lipplc o* penny ale, it jist dravo me mad wi' an- 
ger." 

** Wccl, Mr, Cupples," Alec ventured to say, 
''wimt for dinna ye sen* tlie bottle to the 
dccvil ?" 

**What, my lun auld tappit hen !'* exclaimed 
Mr. Cupplcs, with a sudden reaction from the 

• seriousness of his late mood ; '* No, na, she shanna 
gang to the deil till we gang thegithcr. Eh ! but 

• we'll baith hac dry insides or we win frae him 
.again, I doobt. That drouth 's an awfu* thing 

to contemplate. But speyk *o* giein* owcr the 
drink ! The verra attemp* — an' dinna ye think 
that I haena made it — aich ! What for sud I 
gang to hell afore my time ? The deils them- 
selves complcen o* that. Na, na. Ance ye hae 
learned to drink, ye canna do wan tin' 't. Ifan, 
dinna touch 't. lor God's sake, for yer mithcr's 
•sake, for ony sake, dinna lat a drop o' the hell- 
broth gang ower yer thrapple— or yc 're damned 
like^mc forever and ever. It *s as guid 's signin' 
;awa' yer sowl wi' yer ain han' and yer ain blude." 
Mr. Cupplcs lifted his glass, emptied it, and, 
setting it down on the tnblc with a gesture of 
.hatred, proceeded to fill it yet again. 



CHAPTER LXXL 

*' I SAT, Forbes, yon keep yonrself all to your- 
self and old Cuppl«i, away there in the new town. 
Come and take some sapper with me to-night. 
It's my birthday, old boy." 

**l don't do much in that war, Ton know, 
Gibby." 

** Oh yes, I know. Ton*re never jolly bat 
among the shell-fish. At least that's what the 
Venall thinks of yoa. Bat for once in a way 
voa might come.** 

•« Well, I don't mind," said Alec, xeaOy not 
caring what came to him or of him, and glad of 
any thing to occupy him with no thinking. 
" When shall I come V 

•• At seven. Well have a night of it. To- 
morrow's Saturday. •• 

It was hardly worth while to go home. He 
would not dine to-day. Ho would go and renew 
his grief by the ever-grieving sea. For his was 
a young love, and his sorrow was intereatisq^ to 
him ; he embalmed his pangs in the amber of 
his consciousness. So be croMed the links to the 
desolate sandy shore ; there let the sound of the 
waves enter the portals of his brain and fill all 
its hollow caves with their moaniqg ; and then 
wandering back to the old dty, stood at length 
over the keystone of the bridge, and looked 
down into the dark water below the GothSe arch. 

He heard a footstep behind him on the bridge. 
Looking round, he saw Beanchamp. Withoot 
reason or object, he walked no to him and baned 
his way. Beanchamp started, and drew badL 

''Beanchamp, "said Alec, **yonaiemydeviL*' 

** Granted," said Beanchamp, coolhr, bat on 
his guard. * • 

** What are yoa aboot with my consin?" 

"What is^hat to 30a ?•* 

•* She is my cousin." 

" I don't care. She's not mine." 

'* If you play her false, as yoa have played me 
— bv heavens ! — " ^ 

**0h! Illbeveiykindtoher. Tonnceda'tbe 
afraid. I only wanted to take down jonr danned 
impudence. Yon may go to bar when ytm like.** 

Alec's answer was a blow, which Beanchamp 
was prepared for and avoided. Alee pnrsoed 
the attack with a bnming desire to give him 
the ptmishment he desen-ed. Bat he tamed 
suddenly rick, and, althongh he afterward recall- 
ed a wrestle, knee to knee, the first thing he was 
aware of was the cold waters of the river closing 
over him. The shock restored him. When he 
rose to the surface he swam down the stream, 
for the banks were precipitous in the neighbor- 
hood of the bridge. At length he snccecded in 
landing, and set out for home. He had not gono 
far, however, before ho grew very faint, and had 
to sit down on a door-step. Then ho discovered 
that his arm was bleeding, and knew that Bean- 
champ had stabbed him. He contrived to tie it 
np af^r a fnsliion, and reached home without 
much more difficulty. Mr. Capples had not come 
in. So he got his landlady to tie np his arm 
for him, and then changed his clothes. Fortn- 
natelv the wound, althoagfa long and deep, ran 
lengthways between the shoulder and elbow, on 
the outside of the arm, and so was not of a se- 
rious character. After he was dressed, feeling 
quite well, ho set off to keep his engagement with 
Gilbert Gordon. 



p 



ALEC FORBES OS IIOWGLE.V. 



Xnw Iraw coulJ inch a thing have taken piftce 
In the iliird dcrade of tlio niaeicenth nenturj? 
— 'rbs parapet nu low and the Bttneelo wu 

lercc. 1 ilo not thiak that Bcnucbomp intended . 

nurder, for the canseqncnccs of mardcr most bo 
■ ■erious consideration to every gentleman. He 

imo of a vild race, with whom a word and a 

ccl blow had been linked fur aftes. And habiu 
transmitted become inaiincta. He «bb of o. cold 
tnnpentauBt, and suL-h a nature, onco rouied, is 
often Icra nnder control than ono used locxcite- 
moQI I a Mint nill «unietime» break through tlio 
honda of the fwy virtuo iirhich bu gained him 
■II his tepnlc. If m'c combine these considcra- 
tioot with the known hatred of Bcnachamp, tbo I 
ROTjr Alec (old Coppica the next day may becomo | 
in icnir enMlible. Whether Beauehamp tried to . 
ihraw hint from ihc bridge may romiiin doubtful, I 
for when thobodio of tivo men utd locked in the I 
' wmtlo of hnlo, their own louli do not know | 
wlial theT intend. Beuuchamp must hare sped . 
Iiomfl with the coDscience of a murderer ; and ' 
jet when Alec made his appearance in (lie ehiKi, I 
moM pcobnbly a revival of hatred was his finit j 
tnenuil ONpcriencc. But I hare hod no oppor- 
inniEj of Hndylng the morbid anatomy of Beaa- 
rliiunp, and I do oat car« about hini, savo as ho ' 
i'lfluencet the corrent of this histor?. When lio I 
raniihea, 1 shall be glad to forest Mm. | 

Soon after Alec had left Ih<i liouac. Cnpplcs 
_anie homo with a bnrricd inquiry whctlier the 
landbuly had scon any thing of him. Slio told 
him as mnch as she Vneir, whcrouiioa he went 
np itain to his .^Gscbtlus, etc. 

AIm mid nothing about his ndveniure lo any 
of bis friendi, for, like other Scotchmen fount; 
and old, ha liked to keep things in his own 
hands till he knew what to do nilh ihem. At 
fint, notwithstanding his liMS of bloud, he felt 
lulter than ho had fpli fur some time , but in 
l)iD eonrso of the evening he grew bo lircd, and 
fall brain grew so muddy and brown, that he was 
Bind when ho heard the order given fur the boil- 
jitC water. Hs had before now, allhongh Mr. 
Cnpplc* had never become anrare of tlio fact, 
partaken of the usual source of Scotch cxhil- 

— ition, and had felt nothing the worse; and 
w heedless of Mr. Cupplcs's elaborate warning 

— bow could he bo oxpecicd to mind it 7 — ho 
mixBd himself a tumbler eagerly. But although 
ilio earth brightened up under its influences, and 
a wider horiton opened about him than ha had 
ci^Ted for months before, yet half frightened 
ntthe jiower of llie beverage over his weakened 
frame, he had conscience eoough to refuse a sec- 
ond (amblor, and rose early and wont home. 

The inamcnt bo entered the garret, Mr. Cup- 
plw, who bad already consumed his nightly 
Bonlon, «nw tliat he had been drinking, Tie 
loobEd at him with blue eyes, iride-opcned, di«' 
may and toddy combitting to render them of 



Mr. Capplea look no notice. Alec bcgau his 
stoi7 notwithstanding, and in he w-ent on, hli 
friend became altcniiva, inserliog hero and there 
an expletive to the disadvantage of Bcaucham)', 
whoso behavior with regard to Kale he now 
learned for iho flrat time. When Alee had fin- 
ished, CupplcB said solemnly — 

" 1 warned ye against him. Alee. But a wniii' 
enemy nur ^ennchamp has gotten a licker.r 
haudo'ycT dooht. Do 'at he like, DcuDchainj/» 
dirk cooldna hurt ye aao macklo as ycr ain han*, 
whan ye liAit [he Hat glass to yer ain mou' tlii: 
nieht. Ye Ime despised a' my wamingi. And 
sorrow and shams 11 come D"t. And I'll hne 
to bcir a' tlio ivyte o"l. Yer milhcr 11 jisi hate 
lOB like the ycna black tacd that no woman can 
bide. Gang awa' to yer bed. I canna bide the 
sithi o'ye." 

Alee went to bed, rebuked and distressed. 
But not having taken enough to hurt him mach, 
ho was unfonnnatcly able, the next moraing, to 
rticanl Mr. Cuppleis lecture from a ludicrous 
point of view. And what danger was he in 
locro than ilio rest of tlie fellows, few of whom 
would rcfuic a tumbler of toddy, and fewer of 
whom were likely to get drunk ? — Had not Alec 
been nnhappy, ho would have been in less dan- 
ger than most of them ; bat he was nnhapiiy. 

And although the whisky had done him no 
great immediate injury, yet it* reaction, com- 
bined with the loss of blood, matlo him rcsttut* 
all that day. So ihnt, when the afternoon came, 
instead of going to Mr. Copplei la the librarv. 
he joined some of ilio same set he bad been witli 
the evening before. And when be camo home, 
instead of going up staiti to Mr. Cupptca, lie 
went straight to bed. 

The next morning, while he was at breakhst, 
Mr. Cupples made his appearance in his room. 

"What cam' o' jo last nicht, bantam?" he 
aiJiod kindlr, but with evident uneasineu. 

linme aoma tired, and gacd siranchi , 



I 



IV bed." 



"Yd hae boc-n drinkin' again. I ken by the 



la hamc vena car'." 



luik o , 

Alec had a very even temper. But a head- 
acho and aiore conscience together wereenoui-li. 
to upset IL To be out of temper with otie's self 
is to bo out of tamper with the uiiivcrso. 

" Did ray mother commission you to look after 
me, Mr. Cupples?" be asked, and could hatp 
da^cd his head against the wall the next mo- 
ment. But the took of pitying and yet depre- 
cating concern iit Mr. Cupples's fiue.llud him 
so that he could say nothing. 

Mr. Cupples tnmcd and walkcil dowly away, 
with only the words — 

"Ehl bantam I bantam t Hw Iiord hno 
pity npo' ye — and mo too !" 

lie went out at the door bowed like an old 






And Mr. Cupples burst into silent 
viumia] phenomenun in men under the com- 1 
Wnad InBoences of emotion and drink. Xot- 
wiifaatanding bis own elevated condiiioo. Alee 
'M sbocked, 

"Mr. Cunplcs,"bo said, "I want lo tell you 
all about it.'' 



The whusky '■ disagreed wi' me," he said. 

- II '» vcrra ill-faured o' 'L I 'm sure I pay 't 

ilkn proper attention." 
Then he went down the stairs, murmuring — 
"Rainbows! Baiobows! Naathlng fbr mo * 

bot Tainbows \ God lidp the laddie t" 



ALEC FOIIBES OF HOWGLEN. 



CHAPTER LXXII, 
It mo}' nppcnr strant'c tu some of my rcndcn 

lliat Alec ahoulil full into lliis pit immciliBtetj' 
upoutlie lolemn warning of hin frienil. Ha hail 
listened 10 the story alone ; ho hnJ never fell liic 
wornini; : he hid neTm" felt the duui^r. llnd 
lie not himielf id his oicn hands? Ho was not 
r.ind of whisky. Ho could take ii or leaie it. 
And so lie look it ; and finding tbat thcra was 
aunie coinrort in it, took it again and again, 
ti.-eking the Bocie^ in which it nax the virifying 
elctnent. — Need I depict the line gradations b; 
iiliich ho «ank — gradations ilionch line yet so 
numerous that, in a space of time almost too 
lii'ief for credit, the blaarcd cyo, iho soiled gar- 
monts. nod Iho disordered hair, would reveal 
liaiT the night had been spent, and the clcnr- 
lii'ovrcd boy lookod a sullen, troubled, dissntift- 
ficdyonth? The vice had laid hold of him like 
a fast-wreathing, many-folded serpent. He had 
never lind any coascious religion. His life bad 
nerer looked np to its source. All that via 
good in Ijim was eood of itself, not of him. So 
ii was viuy to go down, with grief staring at him 
over the edge of the jiil. All return to Iho unilic 
leeliludc of a manly life must be in the fnco of 
a scorching past and a dank future— and those 
ho conldnot face. 

And OS his life thus ebbed nnny from litm, 
hit frelinga toward Beaacbamp gre'w more and 
mora bitter, npproiimaling in character to ilio«e 
of Beauchamp toward him. And ho soon be- 
came resoWed to hare his revenge on bim, 
tbongti it was long before be could make np his 
mind as to what the revenge should be. 

Bconchamp avoided him eonatantly. 

And Mr. Cnpplea wis haunting him dtiscch. 
Tiiu strong-minded, wise-headed, weok-willcd lit. 
lie poet, wrapped in a coat of darkness, doj;Ked llio 
fuotsteps of a great handsome Koodnalui'cd ordi- 
iinry-gificd wrclcb, who could never make him 
any relum but afiection, and had now withdrawn 
all interchange of common fiiondeliip in order 
that be might go the downward road unchecked. 
Cnpplcs was driven almost diittaclcd. Ho 
drank harder that) ei-er, but with less salirfac- 
tion than ever, for he only i^w the more miser- 
able. He thonght of writing to Alec's mother, 
but, with the indeciuon of a drunkard, ho could 
not make up his mind, and pondered over ev- 
er/ side of the qocslion, till ho was lost in a 
moio of incapacity. 

Had went to worse. Vice grew apon vice. 

There arc facts in human life which human 
artisia can not touch. The great Artist can weave 
them into the grand whole of bis Pictnre, but to 



not represent them. Moihen have lo know snch 
facts of Iheir sons, and sueb facts of women like 
lUomsolves. 

Alec had fallen among n set of men who 
would not be satisfied till be should be as low as 
they— till there should be nothing left ia him to 
remind them that they had once been better. 
The circle in which he began to drink had grad- 
ually contracted aboDl him. The better sort bad 
fallen away, and the worse had remained — chief- 
ly older men than he, men who hod come near 
to the enjojmcnt of vilcncss for its own sake, if 
thai bo possible, and who ccrtiiinlyenjnj-cd mak- 
Ing others like themulvcs. Encouraged by (heir 



laughter and approbation, Alecbc^a loemnlate 
thorn, and would snon have hud very little to 
Icam if thinKs hnJ n^t lain a Ivrn. A gitM 
band is sometimes laid oven on the flj'-n ' ' ' 

life's engine, 

CUAPTEa LXXllI. 
Atctibbw Constadli!, with his wife and old- 
fashioned child Itic, was seated at lea in tbo lit- 
tle parlor opening from the shop, when he was 
called out hy a customer. He remained longer 
than was likely lo be ocnHinted for by tlie trans- 
action of business nt that lime nf the day. And 
when he returned his honest face looked trou- 
ble 1. 



n bit o'Qannin for's wife's coatie." 



;:| 



" And what had he to say 'at keepil re ti 
tav'snolittodrinkr 

" Ow ! my tay '11 do wcel encuch. 
by ordinar' canld." 

" Bui what said he 7" 

"Wccl! hm! hm!— HesaidiiwasI 
weather. " 

"Ay, nao doobt! lie kent thol by the n 
Uie shuttle flew. • Was that a' ?" 

"Na, nae freely. But cogues hac Ings and 
bairns hae muckle een." 

For Iiie sal on her stool starin); nt licr bthcr 
and mother alternately, and watching for tbe re- 
sult of her mother's attempt at picking the lock 
□f her father's reticence. But the moment she 
heard the word hgi, she knew that she had on 
chance, and her eyes grew less and their pupils 
grew larger. Fearing he had hort ber, Andrew 

"Winna to hae a slnmie jnm, Isio ? It "s 
grosertjam." 

" Ha, tbnnk ye, daddic. Hay be it wad gic 
me a sair wamc," answered the solemn old-faced 
Scotebnoman of seven. 

A child who refuses jam lest it slionld sene 
her as the little book did the Apoitlo John, might 
be considered prudent enouEb to be cntrtuled 
with a secret. But not nword more was said on 
the subject, till Isie was in bed, and suppoaed to 
bo fast asleep, in a tittle room that opened off the 
parlor. Bui she was not asleep. And Iho door 
was always left open, that she might fall asleep 
in the presence of hot parents. Their words 
therefore flowed freely into her con, attbough 
the meaning only played on her mind with a 
dull glimmer like that which plsjed on her voll 
from iho firo in the room where Ihey sal inlkini;. 

"Ay, woman,"b<H;an Andrew. " it 'II be sair 
ncw!, this, to the lady owcr the waiter." 

"Ye dinna mean Mistress Forbes, AnerewF'* 

" 'Deed I raeanjist her." 

"Is 't her sonF Has bo met wi' ony mis- 
chcef?" What 's bappent lilt him? 'la ho 
droont, or kilt? The Lord preserve's! She '11 

Na, lass. It 'sa hantlcwanr nor that." 
he woodcuts in Fox's " Book of Martyra," 
of which three folio volumes in black letter lay 
in the room whence tbo conversation flowed lo 
Ide's ears, rose in all their hideousnesa before 
the mental vision of iho child. In no other way 
that as tiTinrD conid alio conceive oF worse than 
l^'ing killed. 



ALEC FUUBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



"Ye gar mc gruo,"iiniJ Mrt. Constable wiili 
■ ihuiJdcr. 

" At, woman, ye kcTi liillo o' tho tvickednoss 
«' greal loans— lioo tlicr lie in nait Rt ilfcn 
ner, wi' their icins and ihoir snares and thoir pits 
ttiM the; bowk to catch the unwarp yoniti," 
caid Andren-, in somcihinj; of tha pride of tu- 
yerior knowlodnc. 

Prom this eleTalion,hoB-over, ho waaprasenlly 

Enlted down in a rather ignominions fnthion by 
b moTe plain-Bpokcn Cliongli not a nhit more 

boOMt Wifo. 

" Anercw, dinna ya mint^niHi) ntipeikin' like 
a chaplcT o' the rrovcrbs o' Salomon, the son o' 
IHwvid. Say ilranchtooc'althao coonejuvdH 
thai hing aboot i' Iho gloamin' hao Bottcn a Rrip 
«' Ihe bonnie lad. Eh I but ho '11 fair ill ; and 
the Lord hac mercy upo' him — and nnno upo' 

"Hoot! boat', loM; dinnn fpcik wi' sic a 
Tenom. Ye ken wha says ['eajionee i» minct" 

" Ay, ny, wed oncuch. And I lioup Ho 'II Ink' 
*■ ain npo' lic bratcn biiiiea. You men-fowk 
think ye ken a hnntlo o'lhinf^thntyawndlinud 
na ohn keol. But nane keni the wiles o' a 
Trnmnan, least a>va them 'at fa'a inla ihcm, but 
nniiher wnmman." 

" It 'c nao savin' tore," snid Andrew, a little 
irnnUlud that his wife should assert a fiimiliar 
nifiaainlBQce nilh snch things. lint phe iretit 

" TVomcn 's jist droidfu". VThon anco they 
(tnng ihe ill gall, they 're noillier lo hand nor 
bill'. And lo think a' thorn layiti" han's upo" sic 
« bonnie vrcel-behaTcd laddio as that Alec Forbes, 
«eoeTil, herty crntur, wi a kin'word an'ajoko 
«ven far the bcgpar'nt he icied a bawbee till! 
"Weol, he 11 come oat o' thoir cluiks, may bo no 
<hai mnckle the waur efter a', as monv a ninn 
ttae King Dawviil doonwith ofore him. 

" Noo, wamman 1" said Andrew, in a tone oF 
authority blended with rising indignation ; "yo 
*ni slidin' aff o' ri^r ain stulo, and ye 'U bo upo' 
Ihe gmn* aforo yo win on to rnine. fiiclit or 
(rrang aboot the women, I budo lo ken mair 
nbool the men nor yo do; and I dnur affirm and 
uphaad that never man cam' oot o' the grip o" 
Uiae poor deluded craleis — " 

Mrs. Constable iniorposcd with one sinple om- 
(ihalic epithet, not admicinbte to the cnr^ of this 
(cneralion; bacAndrew resumed, and went on — 

" I'oir dolndod cralers, millioot losin' a «"»[ 

Silt o" what was left in him o' tbo eemaKe o" 
id efler tiic fail. Woman, he lynes {lotti) a 
lieap!" 

*' Hon sutl TO ken ony thing aboot that, 
Anercw ?" returned hui wife sharply. 

"The inmc way thai yo ken saa weol aboot 
the she-side u' the queston, lass. We may jist 
•nliehien ane antiber a wee aboot soma ibing!!, 
mayhap." 

Jifeantino the ears of the little pitcher in bed 
had been growing longer and longer wilh curious 
borrur. The sumelhing in itself awfully vague 
olnnt Alec's fate was wrapt in yel deeper clouds 
»r torrar and mystery by the discord of opinion 
with regard ia it on ths part of her fnlher and 
•nnlher, whom she had rarely heard differ. fHn 
jiiotnred to herself the image of his Maker being 
•cnilchcd off Alec by the claws of fories ; and 
hot pineen (earing nail after nail from the hand 
wbieh had once given her a penny. And her as- 



lonikhmont waa ihcrcfuro paralyiing wlion tlio ] 
hoard her ^Iher say — 

"But ye mann liaud a qnaiel tongue i' yor 
heid, gadewifc ; for wee) as ye like the laddie, yo 
may blast his charHcler gin y "■/ a word aboot i 

" I r' wnrrnn' it '» n' owcr Glamorton aforo il 
come 10 your lags, Anerew," relumed her moth- 
er. "They 'ra no that gleg efler sic news. But ' 
I nnd like soir to ken wha sent hame the word 

" I 'm thinking it 's been young Bruce." ' 

"The Lord be praised for n lect" exclaimed i 
Mrs. Constable. " Kacna I lell't ye aforo noo, 
Boe that it's no upmak to pick the lock o' iho 
occasion, Anerev, that Bob Brneo bos a spite iit 
that faimily for tokin sic a heap o' notice o' 
Annie Anneraon? And I wodna wanner gin he 
had set 's heri npo' menyin' her tipo' "s nin Bob, 
and see kcepin' her bit siller i' Ihe faimily. Gin 
that be sac, he micht weel gio Aloe Forbes ii 
bai-k-handil clool (Ittoic)." 

"'Deed! may be, guilewifc. He's a baniin' 
nnd B shlnin' licht amo' you misiionars, thau^h, 
nnd ye maunnn say ill o' 'a, for feat be has yo 
up afora iha kirk." 

" Ay, 'deed is he '. lie *s a bumln' shomi', 
and a Minkin' lamp; for the grace o' God wesun 
hnuden to the nib t>' 'm lang cncuch ro set him 
in a low (Jtamt), but only I«ng enencb tu gnr I lie 
ilo u' 'im rra:k fit to scomfisU {nffocatt) a liuUt 
Sodom." 

" HiHil, Insa I Yo 'ro owcr snir even upo' him. 
Bnt it 'i vcmii true that gin the atarr cam' fmo 
thai en' o' I hi^ loon, there 's room for rlxmnaUn 
doobts. Sac we '11 ana' lo our beds, and honp 
things mnyna be sae far ganc as Iho soun' u' 
them. Uiily I dredo ihero 's ayu some water 
whuur ihe slii'kie droona," 

It was lone biiforc little hie got to sleep, what 
with aitempting to roatiio liie actual cundition 
of Alec Forbes, and trying to cxcogitalo Iho best 
moans for bis deliverance. Why should not all 
Glamcrton set out in a body with flails and piub- 
forks ? And if she muti not meddle for thai, 
seeing her father had said the mailer mnsl not 
b3 mentioned, yet his prohibiLion conld not in- 
clude Alec's mother, whom it wonld be wicked 
keep in ignorance. For what would Inie think 
ihc wna token prisoner by a cruel woman and 
!y would not toll her mother? So she fell 
asleep, lo wnke in tlis morning wilh the ccoae of 
mission upon her importani liiito mind. 
What rendered it prabablo that iho mmor 
me from "lliat end of the town" was, tlint 
ruee Ihc younger was thisyearabojan at Aloe's 
college, and bciude* was the only other scion uf 
Glamenon there grafted, so that any news nbdut 
Alec other than he wonld can! lo send himself, 
must in all likelihood hare come through him. — 
For Bruce the elder had determined thai in hi* 
son lie would restore the fallen fortunes uf li>u 
family, giving him such an ediicaiioo as wuuhl 
entitle iiim to hold np his head with the b«l, and 
especially with that proud upstart. Alec Forbo. 
The news had reached Thomas Crann, and 
filled him with concern. Ho bad, as wn* hi. 
im in trouble, betaken himself straightway 
iho throne of grace," and " wresllod in 
prayer" with God that ho would restore iho 
prodigal to his mother. Whni would Thomas 
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genainc as it was, that hu lore, true as it was, 
did not come near the 10^*0 and anxiety of anoth- 
er man who spent his erenings in drinking whis- 
ky and reading heathen poets, and who, although 
lie knew not a little of his Bible, never opened 
it from one end of the year to the other ? If he 
had been told that Cosmo Cnpples had more than 
once, after the first tumbler of toddy and before 
the second, betaken himself to his prayers for 
his poor Alec Forbes, and entreated God Al- 
mighty to do for him what he could not do, 
though he would die for him — to rescue him from 
the fearful pit and the miry clay of moral pollu- 
tion — if he hod heard this, he Mronld have said 
that it was a sad pity, but such prayers could 
not be answered, seeing ho thnt prayed was him- 
i>iclf in the gall of bitterness nnd the bond of in- 
iquity. 

There was much shaking of the head among 
the old women. Many nn ejaculation and many 
n mcditntiro <?/i me I were uttered orcr Alec's 
fall ; and many a word of tender pity for his poor 
mother floated' forth on the frosty nir of Glamer- 
ton ; but no one Tentnred to go and tell her the 
dreary tidings. Tho men left it to the women ; 
and the women knew too well how the bearer of 
such ill news would appear in her eyes, to venture 
up(m the migracious task. So they said to them- 
selves she must know it just as well as they did ; 
or if she did not know, poor woman ! she would 
know time enough for nil the good it would do her. 
And that came of sending sons to colleges ! etc., 
etc. 

But there was just one not fo easily satisfied 
about thcrextcnt of her duties — that waslittle Isie 
CoiKiciblc. 



CHAPTER LXXIV. 

Tkr tertians gave a supper at Lnckie Cumstie's 
nnd invited the magistrands. On such an occa- 
sion Beauchamp, with his high sense of his own 
i«ocial qualities, would not willingly be absent. 
When the honr arrived, he took his place near the 
head of the table. 

After all the solid and a part of the liquid en- 
tertainment was over. Alec rose in the space be- 
tween two toasts, and said*- 

" Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I propose, at 
my own proper cost, to provide something for 
your amusement." 

Beauchamp and all stared at the speaker. 

"It is to be regretted," Alec went on, **that 
students have no court of honor to which to ap- 
peal. This is the first opportunity I have had of 
throwing myself on the generosity of my equals, 
and asking them to listen to my story." 

The interest of the company was already roused. 
All the heads about the long table leaned toward 
the sfieaker, and cries of /tear, htar, arose in all 
directions. Alec then gave a brief statement of 
the facts of the encounter upon the bridge. This 
WAS the only part of his relations with Beauchamp 
which he chose to bring before the public — for 
the greater wrong of lying defamation involved 
Ills cousin's name. He told how Beauchamp had 
sought the encounter by deliberate insult, had 
used a weapon ogainst an unarmed enemy, and 
then thrown him from the bridge. 

"Now," he concluded, "all 1 ask of yon, gen- 
tlemen, is to allow me the fair arena of vour 
presence while I give this sneaking chieftain the 



personal chastisement which he has so richly 
merited at my hands." 

Beauchamp had soon recovered his self-poK- 
session after the first surprise of the attack. Ho 
sat drinking his toddy all the time Alec spoke, 
and in the middle of his speech he mixed himself 
another tumbler. When Alec sat down, be rose, 
glanced round the assembly, bent his lip into its 
most scornful curves, and, in a clear, nn wavering 
voice, said — 

" Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I repel the 
accusation." 

Alee started to his feet in wrath. 

" Mr. Forbes, sit down," bawled the chairman ; 
and Alec obeyed, though with evident reluctance. 

" I say the accusation is false," repeated Bean- 
champ. *'I do not say that Mr. Forbes con- 
sciously invented the calumny in order to take 
away my character : such an assertion would pre- 
clude its own credence. Nor do I venture to 
affirm that he never was stabbed, or thrown into 
the river. But I ask any gentleman who bap- 
pens to be aware of Mr. Forbears devotions at the 
shrine of Father Lyaens, which is the more like- 
ly— -that a fellow student shoold stab mod throw 
him Into the water, or that, as he was reeling 
home at midnight, the treacherous divinity of 
the bowl should have handed him over to the 
embrace of his brother deity of the river. Why 
then should even his imagination fix upon roe as 
the source of the injury ? Gentlemen, a foolish 
attachment to the custom of a long line of ances- 
tors has led me into what I find for the first time 
to be a dangerous habit — that of wearing arms ; 
— dangerous, I mean, to myself; for now I am 
wounded with my own weapon. But the real 
secret of the affair is — I am ashamed to say — 
jealousy. Mr. Forbes knows what I say to be 
true — that n lady whom he loves prefers me to 
him." 

" Don't bring her name in, you brute !*' roared 
Alec, starting again to his feet, "or Til tear your 
tongue out." 

" You hear, gentlemen,** said Beauchamp, and 
sat down. 

A murmur arose. Heads gathered into groups. 
No one stood up. Alee felt with the deepest 
mortification that his adversary's coolness and 
his own violence had turned the scale against 
him. This conviction, conjoined with the embar- 
rassment of not knowing how to say a word in 
his ovkii defense withont taking some notice of 
the close of his adversary's speech, fixed him to 
his seat. For ho had not yetwlen so low as to be 
capable of even alluding to the woman he loved 
in such an assembly. He would rather abandon 
the field to his adversary. 

Probably not many seconds had pns>cd, but 
his situation was becoming intolerable, a\ lien a 
well-known voice rose clear above the cmfuscd 
murmur ; and glancing to the lower ciul uf the 
room, he saw Cosmo Cnpples standing at the end 
of tlie table. 

" I ken wcel eneuch, gentlemen," he said, 
''that I hae no richt to be here. Ye a' ken mo 
by the sicht o* the een. I 'm a graduate o' this 
university, and at present yonr humble servant 
the librarian. I intrude for tho sake o* justico, 
and I east mysel' upo* your clemency for a fisir 
hearin'." 

This being accorded by general acrlnmntion — 

"Gentlemen," he resumed, " I stau' nfure ye 



ALEC FOIUJES OF IIOWGLEN. 



13ft n 



a nlr hen. I baa occupied tlio position o' 
>l Mr. Forbci; for, aa Sir I'heclip Sidney 
, ■ letter to Ilia brother Bob, wbn wis eftcr- 
vard Yc/1 o' LeicCBler npo' the demiie o' Robert 
Dudl<r, ' To may get wiier men nor yorael' to 
conTCDo wi' j^ and imtrnck yc, in ana o' iwu 
way* — by miickle ootlay or mucklo hamilil;.' 
Nm, Ibat laddie wu anc o' tbo fincit nnters ] 
over cam* acrou, and his hnmility jiit mado it a 
jileeiur to tnk' chuirsD o' 'm Imith mcnUiily and 
morally. That I hnd n sair doon-come whan 
liG looli to the drink, I am Torcod lo confesi. But 
t aye thoebt he wm Btrauchttbrei, nolirithBiniid- 
in' U>o whuaky. I vrasna prepared for aic n 
tloonfa'ai this. — I maan jiat confeu, Mr. Clwer. 
in, thati heard him ihroa'thccraclio'thedoor- 
ack. And ho broucbt «ic dcevilich nccuio- 

"Mr. Cupples !" rricd Alec. 

"Uaud yet lorguo, Alec Forbca, nnJ Int lliia 

company hear me. Yo nppcalcd (i llic compo- 

ny yenel' firaC o' a'. — I say boo cud ho bring 

•ic decrilich accassiioiu against a gcnticman o' 

e Inrth and brcedin' and nccompliilimcnta oi 

tbo Laird o'Chattachan! — May Ik iho tairdwad 

jiat condcaccnd to aay whaur'lw was u|X)' iho 

nicht in qncaton ; for (tin wa cud get tbo ram- 

jangin' ini«gai<Iil laddio ance fairly into the 

yard, wi' the yctu steekit (gala cloatd), lie wad 

IM that Icein' wodna serre hie turn." 

Aiecwiuineliftoiic confusion. Notnitlisiand- 

' tag the hard words Hr- Cupples hail used, lio 

^^■^■^H belierc ^at he had turned his Gacnty. 

^^^^^Hlialiavcd very badly to Mr. Cupples, but 

^^^^^^KCnppIes one to lerenije bimielf ? 

^^^^^Kvqiplcs hod pBUud ivith his eyei ttm- 

^M|^lnMncbami>. He, without ruing, replied 

" Beally, air, I do not keep ■ register of my 
UB* and comingi. I might hnvc done ao 
id 1 known its importance. I have not even 
•a informed when the occurrcnco is said to 
n« taken place." 

"I can f!ie ynnr memory a prod upo' Ibo 

ita^ sir. For I ken wcei the nicht whan Alec 

i' bame wi' a lang and a deep 



iamo eftemoon, I expcckit liim i' the leebrary 
as I hac said, and whan he didan come, 1 look 
my hai — Ibal was about a balf-boor cfter Iho 
laird left me — and gocd oot to luik fur him. 
I gusA owor tho links ; for my man bad tbo 
proGtlcaa habit at that time, whilk ho 'i pen 
up for a mair prolitleM still, o' atravafttiin' 
aboot apo'tlisaco-ahore, wi' 'a ban's in 'spoocbcF, 
and Ills ehin repoain' upo' the third button a' 'i 
waisleoal — all which bean hard upo' what (lie 
laird snya aboot 's jealousy. Tbo mono was jiat 
risjn' by Iho time I wan to tbo shore, but I snw 
no sign u' man or woman alang that drcnry 
coast. I Mas jist lurnin' to come hnmo ngniii, 
whan I cam' upo' tracks i' tho weet saii'. And 
1 kent tho prenl o' the fit, and I followed it on j 
to tlio links again, nod aoa I gacd back at my | 
leisure. And it woa aie a bonny nieht, though 
the mnne wosoa that far up, drivin' Inng ihaid- 
ows aforo licr, that I thoebt I wad Jist gnnc 
nnce ower the brig and back again, and sjno 
mny bo turn into Lnckie Cumslio's here. But 
afore I wnn lo the brig, whan I was i' tlio 
shaidow o' Boillie Bapp's hooac, I heard sic a 
scnsiitin* and a ahocblia' upo' tho brig ! nnd I 
saw soinctliing gang reelin' aboot; and afore I I 
cud gailher my wits and rln forel, 1 heard hi 
nwfn' Bplaah i' the water; and by gan^ some 
body wi' lang quaiet strides, nnd never saw me. 
IIu bad on the kilia, nnd the larc o' iho fan- | 
dangle*. And he turned into the quadrangle, 
and ibrou 't he gned and oot at the comer o' 'I. 
I was close abint bim— that is, I iris into the ] 
quadrangle afore be was oot o' 't. And I saw 
the sacrist come oot at the door o' ilic nitronom- 
ieul loocr, jist afora the lliclanman lurnod the I 
neuk o' 't. And I said lo Thomeai', saj-s I, 
'Wha was Ihat gocd by ye, and out llie back 
gait?' Andsnyahe, ■ It wosMaistcrBcniichnmp.' 
'Are ye sure o' that?' sayal. 'Assure 'i deitli,' 
saya he. Yo ken AVitliam's phrase, gentlemen." 
Benuchomp's nonchaUnco had disappeared 
for some time. When his oi 



I left 1 



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I'lheclbnck. I . 
■Dmygrief; for though be cam' bamo as sober 
"" ■ drippin' weet — 1 hag oor guiJwife'a 

lo that — he gaed oot again, and 
he cam' hime nnco mair, he was tbo 
>' drink for tbo first time sin' ci-er I kcut 
Noo, Mr, it a' look placo the 









jra ■ iKtvell ca'd 'Aiken Drum.' I lanld ye it 
— ■* ill repay ye, for it was but a fule tiling, 
I remember 't the better that 1 wa« ex- 
pMkia' Alec Forbes in ilka minntc. nnil I wiis 
l«Mvd fur a cullieihangio {oalkreak) atween 

I romomlier all about ihnt night jicrfeelly, 
you call it to my recollcciion. I went 
•might home, and did not go oui again — I was 
no taken up with 'Aiken Drum.'" 

"1 teli'l ye sael" eried Cuppica triumphnnilr. 

" Wha wndna lak' Iho word o' Tho Mae Chatla- 

y There 't ama' prollt in addin' my tcati- 

r lo the weight o' that ; bat I wad jiat like 

lo lell thU company, Mr. Chcerman nnd geu' 

.tlemoii, hoo I cam' lo ken mair abooi ihe nlTnlr 

my fricn' Alec Forbes is nwar' o'. That 



"As aunc 's I waa anrc o' my man, I rnw 
nhat a damned idiot I was to tin eficr lltm. 
And back I flew to the brig. I kcnt full wecl 
wbn the iihcr man buda to be. It could be 
nanc but my ain Alee Forbes ; for I awcir to 
i-c, gcmlemcn, I bae watched The Mac Chat~ 
laehon wa.ehin' Alec Furlics mair nor Iwu or 
three limes iln' Alec lliruoali him for bein' foul- 
mon'd i'the face o' the deid." 

By this time, Benucharop, having swallowed 
Ihe rest of hia tumbler ai a gulp, had recovcreJ 
a Unto. He rose with deflinee on his face. 

" Dinna Ini him ganp, genil'men," cried 
Cupples, " lill I tell ye ae ither God's IroHlb, — 
I ran baek lo the hrig, as bard 'a my leg* nid 
cany me, conimlin' mysel' wi' the reflMliim 
ihat gin Alec hnd na been sair hnrlit I' the 
wuOle, ihere wea no ttttx a' him. For I hearil 
liim fa' clean inio Ilic water, and I kenl yo mtclii 
oa Kuno droon a herrin' as Alec Forbei. I ran 
richt lo the midi' a' tho brig, and there was the 
bUck held o' him bobUn' awa' doon the water 
i' the hert □' the munelicht. I 'm terrible lang- 
sicblii, gcnitomcn. 1 conna sweir (hat 1 saw 
the face o" 'm, aecin' Iho back o' 's hcid was 
to me; but that it was Alec forb?*, I hai no 



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more doobt than o* my nin existence. I was 
jidt turning ncarban* the greeting for I Io*cU 
the laddie weel, ivhan I saw something gliniin* 
bonnio upo' the parapet o* the brig. And noo 
I beg to restore 't till *t8 richtfnl owner. Wad 
ye pass 't np the tabic, gentlemen. Some o* ye 
will recogneczo 't as one o* the laird's bonnie 
caimgoram-buttons. '* 

Handing the button to the man nearest him, 
Mr. Cupplcs withdrew into a corner, and lean- 
ed his back against the wall. The button made 
many a zigzag from side to side of the table, but 
Benuchamp saw the yellow gleam of it coming 
nearer. It seemed to fascinate him. At lost, 
bursting tlio bonds of dismay, the blood rushed 
into his pole face, and he again moved to go. 

" A conspiracy, gentlemen !'* he cried. "You 
are all against me. I will not trouble yon longer 
with my presence. I will bide my time.** 

** Stop a moment, Mr. Beauchamp,'* said the 
cliairman — the pale-faced son of a burly plough- 
man— rising. Your departure will scarcely 
satisfy us now. Gentlemen, form yourselves in 
a double row, and grace the exit of a disgrace. 
I leave it to yourselves to kick him or not, as 
yon may think proper. But I think myself the 
way is to be merciful to the confounded. Better 
leave him to his own conscience.** 

Beanchamp*s hand, following its foolish habit, 
full upon the hilt of his dirk. 

**Draw that dirk one inch,'* snici thn chair- 
man hastily, clenching his fist, *' and Til have 
von thrown on Luckio Cumstic's midden." 

Bcuucliamp*8 handdropi)cd. The men formed 
as directed. 

"Now," said the chairman sternly. 

And Beauchamp without a word marched down 
the long avenue white as a ghost, and looking 
at nobody. Each made liim a low bow as he 
passed, except the wag of the tertians, who turn- 
ed his back on him and bowed to the nnivcn^c 
in general. Mr. Cupples was next the door, 
and bowed him out. Alec alone stood erect. He 
could not insult him. 

Beuuchamp*s feelings I do not care to analyze. 
As lie passes from that room, he passes from my 
history. — I do not think a man with such an 
unfavorable start could arrive at the goal of 
repentance in this life. 

**Mr. Cupples,** cried the chairman, "will 
you oblige us by spending the rest of the even- 
ing with us?'* 

•* You do me malr honor nor I deserve, sir,** 
replied Mr. Cupples; **but that villain Alec 
Forbes has cost me sac muckle in drink to baud 
my hcrt up, that I winna drink in his company. 
I micht tak* ower muckle and disgrace myscl* 
forbyc. Good-nicht to ye a*, gentlemen, and 
my Lest thanks." 

So saying, Mr. Cupples Icfk the room before 
Alec could get near him with a word or sign of 
gratitude. But sorry and ashamed as he was, 
his s))irits soon returned. Congratulation re- 
stored him to his worse self; and ere long he 
f It that he had deserved well of the community. 
The hostess turned him out with the last few at 
midnight, for one of the professors was provost ; 
and he went homeward with another student, 
who also lived in the new town. 

The two, however, not having had enough of 
revelry yet, turned aside into a lane, and thence 
up A court leading to n low public-house, which 



had a second and worse repntation. Into this 
Alec*8 companion went. Alec followed. But he 
was suddenly seized in the dark, and ejected with 
violence. Recovering himselffrom his backward 
stagger into the court, he raised his arm to strike. 
Before him stood a little man, who had apparent- 
ly followed him out of the public-bouse. Bis 
hands were in the pockets of his trowsers, and 
the wind was blowing about the tails of his old 
dress-coat. 

Nor W08 Alec too far gone to recognize him. 

•« You, Mr. Cupples !*' be exclaimed. *« I did- 
na expect to see yon here.** 

**I never was across the door-sill o* sic a 
place afore," Baid Mr. Cupples, ** nor, please God, 
will cither you or mo ever cross sic a door-sill 
again." 

" Hooly, hooly, Mr. Cupples ! Speak for anc 
at a time. I 'm gacin in this minute. Luckio 
Cumstie turned on the caller air ower sune for 



me. 



ft 



**Man!*' said Cupples, laying hold of A]ec*i 
coat, ** think that ye hae a mithcr. Ilka word 
that ye hear frae a worthless woman is an affront 
to yer mither." 

**Dinnn stnn* prcachin* to me. I*m past 
that." 

"Alec, ye 'II wiss to God yc hadna, whan yc 
come to marry a bonnie wife." 

It was a true bnt ill-timed argument. Alec 
flared up wildly. 

"Wife!" he cried, ** there *s no wife for me. 
Hand oot o* my gait. Dinnn ye see I hac been 
drinkin'? Ancl I winna be centred. *' 

" Drinkin* !" exclaimed Mr. Cupplcn. " Lit- 
tie ye ken aboot drinkin*. I hae drankrn three 
times as murkle as yon. Atid gin that be ony 
argument for me haudin' oot o' your gait, it '• 
mair argument yet for yon to hand oot o* mine. 
I Hweir to God I winna stan' this ony langer. 
Ye*re to come hnme wi' mo fiac tl.is mon* o* hell 
and ugsome {frigftt/vl) deith. It gangs strancht 
to the evcrlastin' bumin*8. Eh, man ! to think 
nae mair o* women nor that /" 

And the brave little man placed himself right 
j between Alec and the door, which now opened 
half way, showing several jieering and laughing 
faces. 

But the opposition of Mr. Cnpples had increas- 
ed the action of the alcohol njion AIec*8 brain, 
and he blazed up in a fory at the notion of be- 
ing made a laughter to the women. He took 
one step toward Mr. Cupplcfi, who had restored 
his hands to his pockets and backed a few paces 
toward the door of the house, to guard against 
Alec*s passing him. 

'* Hand oot o* my gait, or I *11 gar yc,** he said 
fiercely. 

" I will not," answered Mr. Cnpples decisively, 
and lay senseless on the stones of the court. 

Alec strode into the house, and the door closed 
behind him. 

By slow degrees Mr. Cnpples came to himself. 
Ho was half dead with cold, and his head was 
aching frightfully. A jiool of blood Iny on the 
stones already frozen. He crawled on his hands 
and knees, till he reached a wall, by which he 
raised and steadied himself. Feeling along this 
wall, he got into the street ; but he was so con- 
fused and benumbed that if a watchman had not 
come up, he would have died on some door-step. 
The man knew him and got him home. Ho si- 



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[ tomxl both him anil his landlad}: to sapposo thnt 
1i'« condilion ira« ihe conieqaencc of drink ; ind 
Ml irnt helped up lo his garret snd pat to bad. 



CHAPTER LXXV. 

Atf. ihe night duritiK which Isio Conatnble Iny 
■tr-ntning of racks, pinccra. Bcreivs nnit Alec 
F'irfaes, LlicBnowwns hiiBy fiiUing outside, Hhroiid- 
ini; iho world once more; so that next dnj 
the child could not get out upon any pretonie. 
Had iho anccccdcd in cscnpini; from the hoiup, 
■he miehl hsvo boon lost in tho anow, or drown- 
ed in the Glnmour, over which ihero was as yet 

£a rnile tGoiporiiry iiridge to supply tho place 
at which had bceniwepinn-ny. Butaliliough 
very nneaay at tho obKtruetion of her pmjacti, 
Bho took good care to kaep her own founicl.^- 
The inow was Tory obstinate to an. At length, 
oftor mnny days, she was allowed to go out with 
UMkings orer her shoes, and plaT in iho i;ai'd«n. 
No sooner was aha alone, than tho darted ont of 
thegardenbyihcbsck gate, and before bcr moth- 
er missed her, was crosein); the Glamour. She 
had never bson so far alone, and fult (tightened ) 



ling tocelhor when M.irr put her liead in nt 
tha door and loiil Ii't miitrcxa that Iho dnugh. 
MT of Hr. Constiihli-, the clothier, wanted to 
ther. 

" Whv, »ho'K n in. -re iiif.iiil, Mary !" exclaim- 
ed Mrs. VoH>r«. 

Deed Is sh", msm , but she 'a nane tho lens 
the »t«ir i' iln kiichic. Ye wad hw seen 
omo yorsol" but Kha'a ower wee. Ye cadna 
I Blinip o' lidr ower the edco o' the inaw i' 
■'^)a enttin' doou to ilie ycit. Hoo her fowk end 
rtmbnoutl 8ho'K n puir wee uhite-faced elfo' 
I A SiM«r, bnt ohe 's bynu* nuld-fnrrand and wiso- 
T like, iind nacthins will do hut ahc mnun ko ycr- 

" Bring her up, Mnrv. Poor little thing! 
L WhMtmn alio wnut?" 

Vrawnlly Islaentorod the room, looking timid- 
ly' •bout liar. 

"Weel, ray dear, what dn yoi want T" 

"It's abuot Alec, mem," said Isic, glancing 
WwanI Annie. 

" Well, whnl nboat him ?" naked Mm. Forbw, 
, ronsiderably bettildered, bntnotfearingliad news 
ftom tba tnoHthofauch a mesaouger. 

" Hao ye heard uaclhinK nitoot bim, mem ?" 

" Nbtbtng particular. 1 haven't heard from 
' liim for a fortnight." 

" 'ITlat 's easy aecoontit /nf, mem." 

" What do you mean, my dear ? Speak out." 

"Wool, mem, the way I beard it was raither 
|Ntn1euIar, and I wadna like abody to ken." 

Here she glanced again at Annie. 

" ITou needn't ba afraid of Annie Anderson," 
■aid Hra. Forbes amiling. " What is it ?" 

"Wccl, mem, I dinna Hcbrly k«n. But they 

h«a ta'en him Intil a dreidfu' place, and wheth- 

r ihoy hao left a haill inch o' skin upon '• 

. Iiody, ii malrnor I can tell ; bnt ihcy liae ractit 

Ilini, and pu'd u' 's nails nff, mny be Ihoni a'. 



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iug something terrible poop from behind tbe cto- 
tesque report of Isia, "whatitoyoniiicsn, child?" 

" I 'm tellin' ye 'i us I heard it, mem. I houp 
they haena brant him yet. fo maun gang ai ' 
tok" him oQt o" thoir ban's." 

" Whose hands, chUd F Who's doiug all thw,J 

" They atan' aboot the comer* u' the streeta, 1 
mem, in muckle loonsf and they cateh a baud <t* J 
you ng laad», and tbcy trail them awn' wi' tliom, 
and theyjist lormentibe life out o' them. They 
say they 're women ; but I dinna believe that. It's 
no possible. They maun he men dressed up in 

Was it a great relief to the mother's heart to 
find that the childish undoratundinc of IbIo had 
miHiuterpreted and misrepresented? She roM 
and left the room, and her troubled step went to 
and fro overhead. And the spirit of Annie was 
troubled likewise. How much abe understood, 
I can not determine ^ but I believe thnt a acnao 
of vBgao hoiTor nnd pity ovemholmed her heart. 
Yet the strength of her kindness forced her to pay 
some attention to tho innocent Utile tnciMnger of 
evil. 

" Whaur heard yo a' that, Islo, dear?"" 
"I hoard my father and mj oiithnr gaen' on 
lameniin' ower him cfrer I was i' my bed, and 
they thoehl I was asleep. But gin Mistooaa Forbei 
winna uk' him awa', I '11 ftnng and tcIL a' the 
ministers in Glamonon, and me whether they 

Annie stared in aninzcment at tbe wee blne- 
eyod wiscned creature before her ipeakine with 
tiic decision of a minor propbci. 

*' la the child hero still?" inid Mrs. Forbes 
with some asperity as she rc.entcrod the room. 
*'I mnat coby (be oiaillhia afternoon, Annie.'' 

'■ That 'a richt, mem," said Die. " The Minor 
the hotter, 1 'm sura. He mavna be dcld yet." 

"What s WIT Odd child!" Mid Mrs. Forbe*. 

" Wouldn't it be betlerlo write first, ma'am?" J 
aumiesiDd Annie; M 

Birforo Mrs. Forliea could reply, tile whtw-B 
mutch of Mrs. Conslnhto npiieared over the Uq^fl 
.if tho snow lliat indled tho path. She was ■" " 
but |>ursult of her child, whose fiiotatcps she )u - _ 
trnoed, When shown Into the dining-room, tbeS 
ruiihed np to her, and cnngbi her t< ' 



wwna drount i' the Glan _ 

" I dou'i ■ei' whni lietter ^-ou eould expect olM 
yonrowncbild, M», Constable, ifyon gospr—' " 
inn; reports ngnin^ti other poople'ii childreD," 
Mrs. Forbes bitterly. 

"It'salee, whoever laid sac," retOTlad Hn*-] 
Constable fiercely. "Wha leH'tyB that?" 

'■ Where else could yonr child bavc heard n 
reports, then ?" 

"laic! lalel My poor wee bairn! WIlM 
hac ye been aboot to tok' awa' yer mitlier's gude 

And ahe bagged tbe chikl clnwr yet, 

Isie hung down her head, nnd Wenn to have 
dim perccjilions that she michi have been dulng 
mischierwith the best ponibh' liiUiitinns. 

" I only icirt Misiroas Forboa liuo ill thi-y war 
to Alee." 

After a moment's rcflcclinn, Mrs, Contlnblo 
tttmcd with a sabJued manner lu Kin. Futbei. 



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ALEC FOBBES OF UOWGLEN. 



*' The bairn *8 a curious bairn, mem,'* she said. 
*' And she '8 owerbeard her father and mo speak- 
in* the^ithcr as gin 't had been only ae bodjr think- 
in*. For f;in ever twa was anc, that twa and that 
ano is Andrew Constable and mysel*." 

**But what right had yon to talk abont my 
sonr 

'* Woel, mem, that qaeston gangs raither far. 
What *s already proclcemed frae the boose-taps 
may surely be spoken i' the ear in closets — for oor 
back room is but a closet Gin ye think that 
fowk '11 hand their tongues abont your bairn mair 
nor ony ither body's bairn, ye 're mista'cn, mem. 
But never ano heard o' 't frae me, and I can tak' 
my bodily aith for my man, for he 's jisi by ordi- 
nar* for haudin' his tongnc. I cud hardly worm 
it oot o' 'm mysel'." 

Mrs. Forbes saw that she had been too hasty. 

** What does it all mean, Mrs. Constable ?" 
she said, " for I am quite ignorant." 

** Ye may woel be that, mem. And may be 
there 's no a word o' tronth i' the story, for I 'm 
doobtin' the win' that brocht it blow frae an ill 
nirt." 

** I really don't understand you, Mrs. Consta- 
ble. What do they say abont him ?" 

** Ow, jist that ho 's consortin' wi' the warst o' 
ill company, mem. But as I said to Anerew, 
may be he 'U come oot o' their dniks no that muo- 
kle the waur, efter a'." 

Mr. Forbes sank on the sofa, and hid her face 
in her hands. Annie turned w^ite as death, and 
left the room. When Mrs. Forbes lifted her 
head, Mrs. Constable and her strange chUd had 
vanished. 

Mrs. Forbes and Annie wept together bitterly, 
in the shadow of death which the loved one cast 
upon thorn jtcross the white plains and hills. 
Then the mother sat down and wrote, bogging 
him to deny the terrible charge; after which 
they both felt easier. But when the return of 
post had brought no reply, and the next day was 
likewise barren of tidings, Mrs. Forbes resolved 
to go to the hateful city at once. 



CIIAIT'ER LXXVI. 

WnRN Alec woke in the morning, it rushed 
upon hinmind that he had had a terrible dream ; 
and ho reproached himself that even in a dream 
he should bo capable of striking to the earth 
the friend who had just saved him from disgrace, 
and wanted to save him from more. But as 
his headache began to yield to cold water, dis- 
composing doubts rose upon his clearing men- 
tal horizon. They were absurd, but still they were 
unpleasant. It coufd be only a dream, that he 
had felled the man twice his age, and half his 
size, who had once shed his blood for him. 
But why did it look so like fact, if it was only a 
dream ? Horrible thought ! Could it ? — It could 
— It must be — It was a fact! 

Haggard with horror as well as revclr}% he 
rushed toward the stair, but was met by Mrs. 
Leslie, who stopped him and said — 

'* Mr. Forbes, gin yon and Mr. Cupples gang 
on at this rate, I '11 be forced to gie ye baith warn- 
in' to flit, I oucht to hae written to yer mither 
afore noo. Ye '11 brack her hcrt or a' be dune. 
£h ! it *s a sair thing whan yonng lads tak' to 
drink, and turn reprobates in a jiffic (moment)," 



" 1 dinna gang to your kirk, and ye necdna 
preach to mo. What 's the maitter wi' Mr. Cnp- 
ples ? He hasna ta'en to drink in a jilBe^ has 
he?" 

* * Ye scomcr ! He cam hame last nicht bleedin' 
at the heid, and i' the ban's o' the watchman. 
Puir man ! ho cud hardly win up the stair. I 
canna think boo he cam' to fa' sae sair ; for they 
say there 's a special Providence watches ower 
drunk men and bairns. He was an awfu' ticht, 
honest man! A terrible mixter o' reid and 
white. 

<' What said he abont it?" asked Aloe, trcm- 
bling. 

** Ow, naething. Ho had naething till mj. To 
maunna gang near him, for I left him fest.asleep. 
Gang awa benn to yer ain room, and I 'U be in 
wi'yer brakfast in ten minutes^ Eh I but ve 
wad be a fine lad gin ye wad only gie up tlio 
drink and the ill company.** 

Alec obeyed, ashamed and full of remorse. 
The only thmg he could do was to attend to Mr. 
Cupples's business in the libraiy, where he work- 
ed at the catalogue till the aftemooa lecture wan 
over. 

Nobody had seen Beauchamp, and the blinds 
of Kate*s windows were drawn down. 

AH day his heart was full of Mr. Cnpplea ; and 
as he went home he recalled every thing with 
perfect distinctness, and felt that his condoct had 
been as vile as it was possible for eondnct to be. 
Because a girl could not love him, he had ceasetl 
to love his mother, had given himself up to Satan* 
and had returned the devotion of his friend with 
a murderous blow. Because he could not have 
a bed of roses, he had thrown himself down in 
the pig-sty. He rushed into a puUie-hooso and 
swaUowed two glasses of whisky. That done, he 
went straight home, and ran up to Mr. Cupples's 
room. 

Mr. Cupples was sitting before the fire, with 
bid bands on his knees and his head bound in 
white, blood-stained. He turned agfaastly £ioe, 
and tried to smile. Alec's heart gave way utterly. 
Ho knelt at Mr. Cupples's feet, laid his bead on 
his knee, and burst into very un-Saxon but most 
gracious tears. Mr. Cupples laid a small trem- 
bling hand on the boy's head, saying — 

**£h! bantam, bantam!" and could say no 
more. 

"Mr. Cupples," sobbed Alec, "forgive mc. 
I '11 cut my throat, gin yo like." 

" Ye wad do better to cut the deeyil's throat.'* 

" Hoo could I do that ? Toll mc, and I 'H do 
't." 

" Wi' the broken whisky-bottle, man. That 's 
at the root o* a* the misclieef. It 's no you. It 
's the drink. And ch ! Alec, we micht be richt 
happy thegither cftcr that. 1 wad mak' a scholar 
o' ye." 

** Weol, Mr. Cupples, ye hae a richt to demand 
o' mo what yo like ; for henceforth ye hae tho 
poocr o* life or deith ower me. But gin I try to 
brak throu the drinkin', I maun hand oot ower 
frae the smell o' 't ; an' I doobt," added Alec 
slyly, "ye wadna hae the chance o* makin* 
muckle o' a scholar o' me in that case." 

And now tho dark roots of thoaght and feel- 
ing blossomed into the fair flower of resolution. 

"Bantam," said Mr. Cupples solemnly, "I 
swcir to God, gin ye 'U gie ower the drink and 
the lave o' yer ill gaits, 1 11 gio ower the drink 



ALEC FOaBES OF HOWGLEN. 



•reel. I hue Dflottiini; itiier la cio owcr. But 
thmt wiaoB bo cast," lie nddcd wiih a tigh, 
•trctcbms ^'^ hand toward bis gluu. 

From B guddcn influx of oncrt^r, Alootrctclisd 
liii hand likewise towud lite Miae g1aa«, a.nd 
lajing ha\il on it us Mr. Cup[ilGG van railing it 
|g his lijH, cried — 

"1 Bweir 10 God likcwiao. And non," ho 
oddcd, leaving liLt bold of tbe gloss, *'yo dimrna 

Hr. Cnpplei Ihrew glut and nil into the (ire. 

'' That 's my forowecl libntian lu the infemiil 
Biccbaii," bo said. " Lat it Rang to anall the 
luwo'l'liIoKCthon. Butch! it '» s terrible undcr- 
lakin'. li 'i niair nor Hercules bimscl' could 
ha« raadoonjibingo'. Bantam] I bnoaaicri- 
(ceacd tnjsel' to jon. IlBod lo your piiirt, or I 
oanna baud lo mme." 

It wai inilMda terrible undertakin):. I doubt 
wbether eitber of them would liavu lind courat.'u 
for il, bad he not been under thoac same cxcilioK 
iattacaots — which, undermining all poivcr or 
nanl^ action, yet give for the moment a certain 
amountofencrt? to expend. But the limitsnro 
Kan«ir within which, b; waitias bia capitnl, a 
nUHctirca aaapplyof pocket money. And fur 
Ihen thtt tug of war was lo come, 

They Mt on opposite Bides of the tahle nnd 
MTcd at each otiicr. As the spirttnoiu fide ebb- 
ad from tba brain, nioro and more ininful visions 
of tke near futnrc steamed up. Yet even nlrcidy 

■aoafc nnd they weiB so litllo used to ii that it 
even excited them. 

Willi Alec the simggla ivould toon be orer. 

bwltby operations. But Cu,.].L[,— Irum wbono 
nini alcohol hail expelled ihc Llund, whose skull 
wu a Circean cup of liuriful ipclLi — wontd not 
driirium follow far him ? 

Biuldcnly Alec laid hiH bond on the bottle. 
Ht. Capple* trembled. Was be guing to break 
bbrowalrcadr? 

" Wadna 't be better to fling this into ibc neisi 
wJ, Mr. Cupplcs ?■■ wid Ak-c. " Wo dournu 
.niM *! i' the lire. It wad set tba cbimtc; in a 

*'Ka,n». LalTO'lsit," returned Mr. Cnpples. 
" I wad bo clean uCTrontit gin I cudna see and 
ttAttr. Ye ma^Jlst pit it into the preu ihounh. 
A body neednn lay burdens gricvouj to be borne 
npo' himsel' mair nor u[k>' iiber fonk. Noo, 
tat'shscngiuoca'cribbagu, tvliaud 'tobn Ihocht 
■boot it." 

They played two or throe games. It was pa- 
thetic to see how Mr. Cupplcs^right bund, while 
ba looked at the cards in his left, would no blind- 
1; dittinB aboni the spot where his glass had al- 
'wi^i used to stand ; and how, when he looked 
up nnable to find it, his face shaduweti over with 
diMppaintmenl. After those two or tlircc games, 
fcfl threw dawn the cards, saying — 

"It winaadn. bantam. I dinna like tliecairts 
the aicht. Wi'oot ony thing to wei^t them, 
they're dooms dry. Wliat say jo lo a chorus o' 

Alec's habits of study had been quite broken op 
tt late. Even the medical lectures and the hos- 
|Ntal-eIuses bad been neglected. So .ilCschylus 
Govld not be macb of a consolatory amusement 
In the blank which follows all cxnrcism. But 
CufiiU'B felt ihat if no gi«J spirit cam.! inio ibc 



empty house, swecpinFcaod evnishing would only 
entice Iho seven to take the place of the one. 
So be tried to interest bis pupil oneo u^ain in his 
old studies; and by frequent changes did ere lung 
succeed in holding tedinm stbay. 

Bnt bU his cfl'oris would have resulted in noth- 
ing but thai vain swcqiing and gnrnisbing, bad • 
not both their hearts been already tenanted br 
ouo good and stronR spirit — essential life anil 
humaniiy. That spirit was Love, which at the 
lone last will expel whatsoever oppascth itself. 
While Alec felt thai ho must do every thing to 
please Mr. Cupples, be, on his part, felt tliat all 
ilie future of the youth lay in his hands, lie 
forgot the pangs of alcoholic desire in his fear test 
Alec sliould not be able to endure the tedium of 
abstinence; and Aloe'* gratitude nnd remorao 
made hira humble as a slave to the little big- 
liearlcd man wliam ho had injured so cruelly. 

"I 'm lircd and maun gang to my bed, for I 
hoc a sair beid," said Mr. Cupplct, that Snt 

"Tliafs my tloin'P sold Alec, sorrowfully. 

" Gin this new repentance o' yours and tnil 
tnmi oot lo hae ony thing in'i, we'll baith hi._ 
riuon lobe tlionkfn' that ye clourcd (iKaUif) tny 
skull. Alec. Bnlchme! I 'm foarcd I winna 
slosp mncklo the nichl." 

"Wad}-e like mo to sit up wi'yef" asked Aloc- 
" I end sleep i' your choir wocl cneucli." 

" Na,na. Wc boo baith need lo say oor pray- 
ers, and we cndnn do that wcel thi^iihcr. Gong 
yo awa' lo yer bed, and min' yer vow to God and 
to tne. And dinna forget yer prayers, Alec' 

Neitherof them forgot his pray on. Alecili^ 
soundly — Mr. Cupples not at all. 

" I ihink," he said, when Alec appeared in 
morning, " I winna tak' sic a hardship upo' mo 
aniihcr nicbt. Jist open the cat's door and fling 
I he boltlcinio somebody's yank I boup it win- 
na cut uny body's feet. 

Alec Sew to iho cupboard, and dragged oot 
the demon. 

" Noo,'' said Hr. Cupplea, " open the twu 
doors wide, and lling 't wi' a birr, iliat I moy 
hear its lost speech and dyin' duclnrmion." 

Alec did ns hewaa deaired, and (he Inilllc fell 
on the stones of a little court. The ciosli row 
lo the ears of Mr. Cupples. 

"Thank God !" be ««d with a sigh.— "Alec, 
no man that basnagane throu the same, can tell 
ivhni I hao gane throu this past nichl, wi' that 
deevil i' the press Ibere cryin" ' Come iiree (latlr.) 
me ! come pTce me !' But t heard and hearken- 
ed not. And yet whiles i' the niclit, allhoagli 
I 'm sure I didiiB sleep a wink, I thochi I waa 
fumblin' awn' at the lock o' the press an' cndna 
get it opened. And the press was a coffin set np 
upo' its en', an' 1 kcnt that there was acorp inside 
it, and yet I iricil fair lo open 't. An' syne agun, 
I thocht it wns iho gate o' Parndees afore wheh 
stud the anccl wi' the flamin' sword thai tamed 
ilka gait, and wadnn lai me in. But I 'm soma 
heller sin (be licht cam, and I wad fain baa a 
drnppy o'thnt fina caller lipplc llicy ca' watler." 

Alec rail down and broui-ht it cold from the 
pump, saying, as Mr. Cupptes returned Ibo tnm- 
blor with a look of thanks— 

" But there's the lappit hen. I dool gin wa 
lea' her i' the press, she'll be wanlin' to lay." 

" Na, nn, nae fear o' ibni. She '« a* loom "a 
a cock. Gnii2 nnd iuik. TIi'.' Inil drnp 



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wiimo flaw oot at the window i* that bottle. 
£h ! Aloe, bat I '11 hae a sair day, and ye maun 
be true to me. Gio me my Homer, or 1 '11 nerer 
win throu 't. And ye may lay John Milton with- 
in my rax (reach) ; for I winna pit my leg oot 
o* the blankets till yo come hame. Sao ye 
maunna be langer nor ye can help." 

Alec promised, and set off with a light heart. 

Beauchamp was at none of the classes. And 
the blinds of Kate's windows were still drawn 
down. 

Fur a whole week he came homo as early as 
possible and spent the rest of the day with Mr. 
Cupples. But many dreary hours passed over 
them both. The suffering of Mr. Cupples and 
the struggle which he had to sustain with the 
constant craving of his wliolc being, are perhaps 
indescribable; but true to his vow and to his 
f.ieud, he endnred munfully. Still it was with 
a rueful comical look and a sigh, sometimes, that 
he would sit down to his ten, remarking — 

" Eh man ! this is mccscrable stuff — awfu* 
weyk tipple — a pagan invention a*thcgither." 

But the tea comforted the poor half-scorched, 
hnlf-sodden nerves notwithstanding, and by slow 
degrees they began to gather tone and strength ; 
his appetite improved ; and At the end of the 
week he resumed his duties in the library. And 
thenceforth as soon as his classes were over, Alec 
would go to the library for Mr, Cupples, or on 
other days, Mr. Cupples would linger near the 
medical school or hospital, till Alec came out, 
and then they would go home together. Once 
home, both fonnd enough to do in getting one 
of them up to the mark of the approaching ex- 
nminations. — Two pale-faced creatures they sat 
there, in Mr. Cupplcs's garret, looking wretched 
and subdued enough, although occasionally they 
broke out laughing, as the pparks of life revived 
and flickered into meniment. 

Inquiring after Miss Frascr, Alec learned that 
she was ill. The maid inquired in return if he 
knew any thing about Mr. Beauchamp. 



CHAl^ER LXXVII. 

Mb. Cupples and Alec were hard at work — 
the table covered with books and papers ; when 
a knock came to the door — the rarest occurrence 
in that skyey region — and the landlady ushered 
in Mrs. Forbes. 

The two men sprang to their feet, and Mrs. 
Forbes stared with gratifled amazement. The 
place was crowded with signs of intellectnol la- 
lx>r, and not even a pack of cards was visible. 

*' Why didn't you answer my last letter, Alec ?" 
she said. 

It had dropped behind some books, and he had 
never seen ir. 

**What is the meaning then of such reports 
about yon ?" she resumed, venturing to put the 
question in the presence of Mr. Cupples in the 
hope of a corroborated refutation. 

Alec looked confused, grew red, and was silent. 
Mr. Cupples took up the reply. 

" Ye see, mem, it 's a pairt o' the cdication 
o' the human individual, frae the time o' Adam 
and Eve doonwith, to learn to refuse the evil and 
chowse the guid. This doesna nye come o' eat- 
in* butter and honey, but whiles o* eatin* aise 
(aahet) and dirt. Noo, my pupil, here, mem, 



your son, has eaten that dirt and made that 
chice. And I '11 be caution (security) for hini 
that ho 'II never roair return to wallow i* that 
mire. It's three weeks, mem, sin ae drop o' 
whusky has passed his mou'." 

** Whisky I" exckimed the mother. « Alec ! 
Is it possible ?" 

** Mem, mem ! It wad become ye better to fa* 
doon npo* yer knees and thank the God that *s 
brocht him oot o' a fearfu* pit and oot o' tbo 
miry clay and set his feet upon a rock. But the 
rock 's some sma' i* the fit-hand, and ae word 
micht jist caw him aff o' *t again. Gin ye fa* 
to upbraidin* o* 'm, ye may gar him clean for- 
get 's washin'." 

But Mrs. Forbes was proud, and did not like 
interference between her and her son. Had she 
found things as bad as she had expected, she 
would have been humble. Now that her fears 
had abated, her natural pride had retnmed. 

** Take roe to your own room, Alec," she said. 

" Ay, ay, mem. Tak* him wi* ye. But caw 
cannie, ye ken, or ye 'II gio mo a deevil o* a job 
wi"m.»' 

With a smile to Cnpples, Alec led the way. 

He would have told his mother almost every 
thing if she had been genial. As she was, he 
contented himself with a general confession that 
he had been beha\'ing very badly, and would 
have grown ten times worse but for Mr. Cup- 
ples, who was the best friend that he had on 
earth. 

" Better than your mother. Alee?" she oi^kcd, 
jealously. 

** I was no kith or kin of his, and yet he loved 
me," said Alec. 

'' He ought to have behaved more like a gen- 
tleman to me." 

" Mother, you don't nnderstand Mr. Cupples. 
He's a strange creature. He takes o pride in 
speaking the broadest Scotch, when he could 
talk to you in more languages than you ever 
heard of| if he liked." 

**I don't think he's fit company for you any- 
how. We'll change the subject if you please." 

So Alec was yet more annoyed, and the inter- 
course between mother and son was forced and 
uncomfortable. As soon as she retired to rest 
Alec bounded up stairs again. 

♦* Never mind my mother," he cried. •* She's 
a good woman, but she's vexed w^ith me, and 
lets it out on you." 

** Mind her!" answered Mr. Cupples ; ** she 's 
a ven*a fine woman ; and she may say what she 
likes to me. She 'II be a' richtthe morn's mom- 
in*. A woman wi' ae son 's like a coo wi' ae 
horn, some kittle (tickKsh), ye ken. I end see 
in her ecu haill coal-pits o' affection. She wad 
dee for ye, afore ye cud say — *Dinna miihcr'." 

Next day they went to call on Professor Fraser. 
He received them kindly, and thanked Mrs. 
Forbes for her attentions to his niece. But he 
seemed oppressed and troubled. His niece was 
fnr from well, he said — had not left her room 
for some weeks, and could see no one. 

Mrs. Forbes associated Alec's conduct with 
Kate's illness, but said nothing abont her suspi- 
cions. After one day more, she returned homo, 
reassured by, but not satisfied with, her visit. 
She felt that Alec had outgrown his former re- 
lation to her, and had a dim perception that her 
pride had prevented them from entering npon a 



ALEC FOltBES Of UOWGLEN- 



Ut 



CHAPTER LSXVIIL 

HeiKTImk, Annie woa poaiing rhrDU|;h n 
tinngs enperienco. It gave licr n dreailful 
shock 10 know that sucb tliingn wcro rcporled of 
her hero, hor champion. Tliay coiild not bo true, 
elu Chaos was come again. But when no exuli- 
II denial of them arrived from the pen of liii 
Bother, altboDF^Ii b^o wroto lu slio had promised, 

m ihe nndcrttood bj desraci thiit t)ic juuili 

1 erred from the patli, and liad denioJ tlie 

Lord that bonclil him. She brooded and fiinclcd 
■nd recoiled till the Ihouglil of bim became 
■o painTal that *he turned from it, rather than 
from him, with discomrort umoanting almoBt to 
dugnst. He hud boon to her thoccntrcof all that 
wainoble and true. AnJ he reveled incampanr 
of which she knew nothing; except from far-off 
Unu of nnapproachable pallntiun I Her idol all 
oT silver hae was bbickeaed with the breath of 
inlpbur, and the world wai ovcrsprood with ilio 
larltncss n-hich radiated from ii. 

lathis mood she went to the neck -evening serv- 
ice at Mr. TarnbuU's cliapct. There she ant 
Ustleas, looking for no hel]^ and caring for none 
of the hymns or prajers. At length Mr. Turn- 
boll began to rend the story of the I'rodigal Son. 
And during the roailini; her distress vanished 

B sno\T in the sunshine. For she cook for her 

o the character of the elder brother, prayed 
fbr fo^veneis, and came anaj loving Alec 
Forbes more than ever the had loved bim before. 
If God coald love the Prodigal, might she not, 
a«ght she not Co lore bim too? — The deepest 
nnrea of her misery, though she did not know 
that il was, had been the fading of her lore to him. 

And as she wnlked home through the dark, llio 
■tory grew into othor comfort. A prodigal might 
me Urn hea of God, thee ! He was no grand 
nunarcli, but a homaly father. lie would re- 
eoiro her one day, and let her look in hia face. 

Not did ihi; trouble rclnm any more. From 
Aot one moment, no fiM^ling of rcpugnnnco ever 
Bria^ed with her ihongbt of Alec. For such a 
One M hs could not help repenting, she said. He 
wogld be sure to risa and go bai-k to his futbcr. 
Sbawoutdnot have round it hard to believe even, 
, eoma earlv, or linger late, no swins-keep- 
Ing Mn of the Fnthor will be able to help repenl- 
In^atlut; Ihnt no God-born soul will be able 
to go on tryinj- to satisfy himself with (he huiks 
that the swine cat, or to refrain from thinking 
nihil* hitbiir's house, and wishing himself within 
Im wait* even in the meanest place; or thatsuch 

■Ml is prelude to the best robe and the ring 
. d the fjiiced calf, when ihc father would spend 
himself in joyooa oblitcralion t>t hit son'i poxt 
nnd lEi misery — having got bim back his very 
own, and bitter than when he went, bccnnsc 
more humble and mora loving. 

When Mrs. Forbci came home, she entered 
Into no detail, and was disinclined 10 talk about 
matter at nil, probably as macii from dis- 
•atlsfacCion with herself as with her son. But 
AoDie's heart blooomed into a <|uiet delight 
when sho learned that the facts were not so bad 
M the report*, and chat there via no doubt he 
wiiaid yn live Ibcni nil dnirn. 



The evil linic woh drawing nigh, uilwred bj . 

:niler gales and snow-droiis, wtien she must M 
turned out far the spring and fnmnier. Sin I 
would feel it more ibnn ever, but lens than iflicr J 
aunt liad not extilainod to her that she hiul • J 
riglic to the alicltirr sffurdod her by the liruees. 

Meantime arrived a letter fiW Mr. CupgilMi { 

" D1U.K Mavjui, — After all the cffortsofMr, 
Alec, aided by my best endeavors, but countor-' , 
acted by the grief of knowing that liis cousin. 
Miss Fraser, entertained a devoted regard for 1 
worthless daas-fellow of his — after all our unilnl 
cObrtB, Mr. Alec lias not been nblo to pass n- 
than two of liis examinations. I am certain ha J 
would have done better but for the iinlmppinew 
10 which I have referred, combined with the ill- 
ness of Miss Fraser. In the course of a day 01 
two, he will tcinra loyoD, wlien,ifyou can sue 
ceod, as none but mothers can, in restoring him 1 
to Bi>me conipoanro of mind, ho will be perfectly 
able during tho vacation to make up for lost I 



Angry with KuCf, nnnoyod with her son, v 
cd with herself, and iiidignaoc at ibe mediation 
of "thnt dirty vulgar little man," Mrs. Forties 
forgot her usual restraint, and thniwiu|[ ihe lel- 
cer across ihe table with the words " Bad news, 
Annie," ]eb tho room. But Ihc dfecl produced 
upon Annie liy tlio conlenCa of tbe iciler wot 
very different. 

Uithcrio she had looked up to Alec bs a groor 
strong creature. Her faith in bim had been un* 
queslioniDg and unbounded. EvoQ his wrong- 
doings had not imprcimod her with any sense uf 
his weakness. But iioiv, rejected aud disgraced, 
his mother disnirislied. hin friend di&appointcd, 
and himself foiled in the battle of life, he had 
fallen upon evil dart, nnd all Ibe woman in 
Annie rose fur his defenw. In a moment tboy 
had changed ]>lHces in tbe world of tier moral 
imagination. The sirons vouch was «cak and 
defenselen : the genito girl opened tho hoarl al- 
most of motherhood, lo receive and shelter tile 
worn ontraged man. A new lenderncsa, a new 
pity look )>oesession of lier. Indignant with 
kato, angry with the professors, ready to kiu the 
hands of Mr. Cupplcs, all tho tenderness of licr 
tender nature gathered about her falk'n hero, 
and she was moro Uko Ills wife defending him 
from her mother. Now sho could bo something 
if not to him yet for bim. lie had been a " bright 
parlicnlor star" "beyond her sphere," but now 
layin (he giiiss, iliom ofits bcnnu, and 
: it CO her bosom. 

Two da}s passed. Un the third evening, in 
walked Alec, pale and trembling, evidently ill, 
looill to lie qiiCBlioned. Hia breathing was short I 
and cheeked bv pain. 

"If I hadn't come St oiicc:,nioll:er," lie >ai(t, 
" I should have been laid up there. It's ploarisy, 
Mr. Cnpplcs says." 




I don't care." 
" You've iieen working too hard, dear." 
Alec laughed bitterly. 

" I did work, notlier ; but it doesn't ma 
She's dead." 

■'Who's dead?" cxcUimcd hit mother. 



ALEC FOllUCS uy HuWULIiSi. 



"Kntc'a (iDflil. And I couliln't he]|i it. 
tried hnrd. Anil il'i all my Tault loo. Cng^Il 
says slio'i better dead. Bat I migblhave saved 
lier." 

Ho slsrtcd from the loFn, and went pncing 
about the room, his fuco Suihed and hii bicntli 
i»>Tnini; Taslcr and shorter. IIi« mother got ' 
ID lie duwa iiRaln, and nsked no more quosii 
Tlio doctor came and bled him at tLe aim, and 
sent him to bed. 

When Annie mlw liim worn and ill, her henn 
iwvllod till she could hardly bear the aching of 
it. She would hare been his aIaTi>, and she coiild 
do nothing. She roost leaTC him iiisteail. SIic 
went to hot room, put on her bonnet nnd clonk, 
and nns learin); the bouK, nhcn Mt». Furbos 
caught light of har. 

"Anniel what (Jiiynn mean, child? Von'rc 
not poinc "> leave mef" 

" I thought joa wouldn't wanl mc any more, 

" You silly child !" 

Annio run iwek to her room, tiii'j compromis- 
ing with a strong indiuatiun lu dannc iiai:k to 

When Mr. Cnpples and AIcc had begun to 
plaee confldenco io each other's eelf-dcnisl, they 
cored less to doK each other. — Alec finding at 
the KamraJ I'hilosopby cxmaiiiation thai he had 
no chance, gnihored his tiapersj and leating the 
room, wandered away to his former rcfugo %1ien 
miserable, that long desolate stretch nf barren 
sand between (he months of the two riven. 
Hero ho wandered till long after iho dusk liail 
deepened into night. — A soand as of one sing- 
ing utme acroai ihc links, and drew nearer and 
nearer. He Inrned in the direction of ir, for 
something in the tones reminded hint of Kntc ; 
and ho almost believed the song was her nnrsc's 
ghostly ballad. Bnl it ceased ; and after wnlk- 
inp Boioe distance inland, he tamed again low. 
nrd the sea. The song rose once more, but now 
beiwecn liim and the sea. Ha ran toward it, 
falling repeatedly on the broken ground. — By 
the lime he reached Che share, the singing had 
again eeased, bat presently a wild cry cnraa from 
seaward, where the waves far out were still ebb- 
ing from ilio shoni. Uo daahcil ulang ilio glim- 
mering Mnds, thinking he cauglit glimpses of 
something white, hat thcru iras no moon lo gi*o 
any certainty. As he advanced lie became surer, 
but the sea was between. Ue rnsiiod in. I>oepcr 
nnd deeper grew the water, lie swnm. But 
before ho could reach the spot, for he iind taken 
to the water loo soon, with another cry Iho fig- 
ure TftBishcd, probably in one of those deep pits 
which abound along that shore, fitill he held 
on, diving many times, but in »nin. His vigor 
was not now what it had onoe been, nnd at lenjih 
bo was BO exhausted, that when he camo to him- 
self, lying on his back in the dry sand^, ho had 
quite forgotten how ha catne there. He would 
hare rnsbcd again into the water, hut he could 
scurecly move his limbs. He actually crawled 
pan of the way across the links to the eoUepe. 
There he inquired if Miss Fmscr was in the 
house. The maid nssurcd him thai she was in 
her own room, whereupon he went home. But 
he had scarccty gone before liiey discoi'ered that 
her room was deserted, nnd she nowhere to be 
found. The shock of this news rendered it im- 
for him to throw off the cfFccts of his 




exposure. Bat he Ungered on till Mr. Ca|.|il. t 
cotDpcllcd hitn to go home. Not evcti then, how. 
ever, had her body been recovered. Alec wu 
convince J that she had got iolo one of the quick- 
sands; but ii was cast ashore a few days ofler 
Ills departure, and it was well that he did not see 
i[. lie did not h>om the fact till many years 
after. 

It soon transpired that she had been out of her 
mind for fame lime. Indeed rutnon of Ibe sort 
hod been afloat before. The proximale cante of 
her insanity was not certainly known. Some 
■uspicion of the wortblessness of lier lover, some 
enlightenment as to his perfidy, pr his uaacfouni. 
nblo disappearance alone, mnr'bare occasioned 
iU manifeslaliiin. But tbcK is great reason to 
believe that she had a Dalnral predisposition to 
ii. And having never been langhl lo provide 
for her own menial saslonance, and so nourish 
n necessary independence, she bod been too 
renity lo squander the wcollU of a rich and love- 
ly nature upon an unworthy persoD, and ihe re- 
action had been madness and death. But any 
thine was bolter than marrying Beauchamp. 

One sirnngo fact in (bo ease was her incxpli- 
cable nversion lo water — cither a crade prcrision 
of her coming fate, or, in llie myslciions opers- 
of delirious reasoning, the actual caose of 
The sea. visible from her window orer the 
drcarr flat of the lints, moy have fascinated her, 
and drawn her lo her death. Snch cases are not 

Daring the worst period of Alec's illness, lie 
was ever wandering along that shore, or swim- 
ming in those deadly waters. Sumelimet be 
hod laid hold of Ibe drowning girl and wot 
tmggljng with her lo (be ludace. Somefines 
le WBi drawing her in an agony from the swal- 
lowing gullci of n qui-k-iand, which bcld her 
fast, and swalluwe<> at her oil the time that he 
foQght lo resene her from its jawless throat. 

Annio took ber lum in ihe eicfa-cIunihGr. 
watching beside the half- unconscious lad, and 
listening nniciously lo the murmurs that broke 
through the vail of bis dreams. The feeling 
I nhicli she had received the prodigal home 
lior hearl,«pread its roots deeper ond wider, 
nnd bore at lengtli a dower of a ]ialc rosy flush 
— Annie's love revealed to herself — strong al- 
though pale, delicate alibongh strong. It aeein. 
ed lo the girl she had lored him so alwavl, only 
she hud not tboaghc aboat il. Ue bai fought 
for her and endured for her at school ; h« bad 
Bared her life from the greedy waters of the 
inr at the risk of his own; she would bo 
:isi ungrateful of gttts if slic did not lore 
-And she did lore liim with a qniei in- 
tensity peculiar lo her nature. 

Never had she happier hours than those in 
which it seemed that only the iiars and the an- 
gels were awake besides herself. And if while 
watching him thus at night she grew sleei>y, she 
would kneel down and pray God to keep her 
nwatc, lest any harm should befall Alec. Then 
she would wonder if even (he angels eould do 
riihoncileep always, and foni? tliom lying abont 
the warm fields oif heaTin between their own 
shadowy wings. She would wonder next if it 
would bo safe for God lo dose hi* eyes for one 
minute — snfe for the world, she meant; and 
hopolhnt, if ever he did closehiieyeB.lhat might 
be the one moment when she should tee bi* 



I fdcc. TlicD the vrniilit nnj, nnJ wake up nith 

I • Btan, flutior litGnily to her Teet, and go and 

I peep at the slunibcrer. Never was woman tiap- 

§ pier than Annie was dnring those bloand mlil- 

I nights and cold gray danni. Romeiimes, in 

F ihoie terrible houn after midnight that b«long 

neither to tlie night nor iho daj, bnt i.tmust to 

iho primevnl dHrkness, Iho terrors of tlie dnrk. 

iioM wonld sciiD upon iior, and sho would eit 

•■ inhaKtinctrBmhling.'' BullholiEhtestmoTo- 

mcot of the elaepi^r wonld ronN her, and a 

••laa«e at the place where ho Invwould dispel hct 

fcan. 



ALEC FOIIBES 07 IIOWGLEN. 



113 



I CHAPTER LXXIX. 

On night the heard a rnsLling among the 
liniliet in the garden ; and the ncKt moment a 
■uibiiucd voice began lo aiog — 
I viUM for llH Lord my Cud, ind palientlr did imr ; 
M leoph torn* ha did Incline, my TDlce«nder|rlo lieu-, 
II* look HM fmta ■ (avfnl pit, and tmto lbs miry cli^, 
AbI OB • nek he ni m]' h^i^ nubUiblni) ay nj. 
The tune was that wildcat of truaiful wailingi — 

"I didnaken thntrc cared aboot psolm-lanos, 
BIr. Cnpplei," murmured Alec. 

Tha aingiag went on and ho grow reitieu. 
It wai an ecru thing to go out, but she moM 
■Illy lhiniiiniii|i If it was Mr. Cupjiles, she could 
faavB nothmg to fear. Deaidcs, a bad man would 
not HDg that song. As she opened (he door, a 
■A apring wind blew upon her full of genial 
■BEDgtb, as if it came straight from tboso dark 
Wvo cldn between the heavy clouds of the ca«t. 
Awaj in the clear west, the half-moon was go- 
iilKdownin dreaming sU 11 new. The dark figure 
oTb little man stood loaning against the house, 
•inging gently 

"Ai* yon Mr. Copplos?'' she said. 

Tlie man started, and answered — 

*• Vei, mj Ian. And wha are yo ?" 

" 1 'm Annie Anderson. Alec 's sonie distnrbit 
wi" jonr singin'. To 'II tvnuk liim up, and ho 
*1I be s hanile tlie waur o' 't." 

"I nrinna sing anilher stave. It was lane- 
«tme Man'in' npo' the oocaide here, as gin I war 
aiie o' ihs foolish virgins." 

"Eh! wadna that be droidfu'?" responded 
Annio dmply. Her words awolic an echo in 
Mr. Capplea'a conscience, but he returned no ro- 

plT, 

"Hoo 'a Alec ?" ha asted. 

" Some belter. Ho '» growiu' better, ihongli 
is *<■ langsomo tike.' ' 

" And do th«y lippon joa to luik cficr him, 
no?" 

"Ay. What for no? His miiher wad be 
worn to deidi gin she sat up ilka nicht. He 
canna bide ony body but her or mc." 

" Weel, yo 're a young crnlcr lo hoe sic a 
chAirge. I wrote to Mrs. Forbes twn or three 
limes, but I got but oe scrimpit answer. Sao as 
nme '• I cud ¥rin awa', I cam' to speir efCer him 

'"AVban did ye come, Mr. Cnpples?" 
"This nichi- Or 1 reckon it's lost nicht noo. 
Itut or I wan owcr this len'ih, ye war a'l'yer 
IwOa, and 1 dauma disturb ye. Sno I sal doon 
in a gumncr-Mnt that I cam' npo', and smokit 
my pipe and luikiiattlieilaraand thoeludl. And 



I tried to sing a snng, but nocihing Imi pi 
wad come, for the niubi'ssRo awfu' solemn, wlinn 
ye win richt intil the mids o' 't ', II jist distresee* 
me Ibat tlisro 'a naebody np to worship God it' 
nicht in sic n nicht 's Ihii." 

"Naa doobt then '■ mony praisin' him that 

"Ow, ayj naodoobt. Batanoaththislifl, 
hrcathin' tha houpfn' air o' this divine darkncis." 

Annio diil nut i|uita understand liim. 

'' I maun gang back to Alec," ■ ho said, '' Y 
'11 come owor die mom, Mr. Cnpples, and hen 
a' almot him T" 

"I will do that, my boim. Hoodollicycn'r 
— for I forget names drcidfu' ?" 

" Annio ADdcrson." 

"Ay, ny- Annie Anderson— I haa inrcl. 
heard liint name afore. Weel, I winnn forget 
you, whether I forget jer name or no." 

"But bneyo a bed?"8Did the thoughlfal girl, 
to whom the comfort of every one who canii 
near her was an instinctiro anxioiy. 

" Ow, ny. I hae a bod at Iho hoDse o' a smn', 
jabbcrin', bitter.baikil crater I Iwy ca'KingBobori 
the Bruce," 

Annie knew that ha mnst bo oeenpylng her 
room; and ivasonthe point of exprcsung a hope 
that lie "wadna bo disturblt wi' the rottaos," 
when she saw that it would lead to new explana- 
tions and delays. 

" Good-night, Mr. Cupplci,"Bhc said, holding 
ODt her hand. 

Mr. Ccipples took it kindly, saving— 

" Are ye ■ niece, or a gran'dochter □' the 
hooso.or a hired icrvnn', or what ore to7 — fur 
ye 're a wice-spoken lass and a bonnie. 

"I 'm ■ sertan' a' the boose," aaid Annie. 
Then after a moment's hesitation, she added, 
"but no B hired ane." 

"Yo "ro worth Mrin' onyhoo, hinliio (hoitfif); 
and they *rc weel aS' ihat has yo i' the hoosc in 
ony capawcily. An anld man like me may say 
lliat to yer face. Saa I 'II awa'to my bed, and 
sing the lara o' my paalm as I gang." 

Mr. Cupplei had a proclivity lo garret*. He 
could not be eomrorlablQ if any person was over 
his head. Ue could breathe, he said, when ho 
got next to the stars. For the rata he cared 
nothing, niid slept lu if ihc garret were a cellar 
in bcat-en. 

It had liccn n soro trial of his manhood to keep 
his row Kfier he knew that Alee wa* safe in tho 
haven of n nick-bed. Ho knew that for him, if 
lie wci'c utico happy again, there was tittle danger 
of nrchifoc ; fur his physical nature hod not been 
greatly corrupted r ihere had not been time for 
iluit. He wouU rise from his Mckncfti new-bom, 
I Hence it was the harder for Mr. Cnpples, in hii 
lonclinessi, to do battle with his dcop-rooied de- 
sires. He would never drink as he hail done, 
but might ho not have just one lumblerF— That 
one tumbler he did not take. And — rich reward! — 
after two raonihs ihe well of song within him be- 
gan to gurgle and heave as if its waters would 
break forth onco more in the desert i the ntsc- 
aiG bne relumed lo Ihe sunieta; and the spring 
came in with a very child hood of greenness. — The 
obfuscation* of self-indulgence will soon vanish 
where they have not boen scakd by eiime nod sys- 
tem atio selfishness. 

Another thon):h inferior reward was, that be 
had money in bis pocket ; with Ibis money hu 



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ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEST. 



S15. 



wcmld f^ ami tee Alec ForlMS. Tbe amooBft ' I wad lai the ledir«ruQ o* ny Mm** coUeise ganjc 
Mng mudl, hcmertr, be woold anre it by walk- oot at waij door this time o* nkbt, to luik for a 
init. Hence it caioe tbat be arrived late and bed till himael' ? Yet*jist baeitatjrerain price, 
wcatT. Knteriof tbe firet fbop he came to, he and nckmne . Ye ^Ubae ycr tay and angar and 
inquired after a cheap lodging. For he said to btttiea o' cbeeae frae me, je ken V 
himftelf that tbe bomblert inn was bejood bis **Of conii e ofeoniM. And if jroa oonld get 
means; thoogh probablj bis reason for aroiding meflometeaaftoBce,Iihoa]dbeobUgedtOToa." 
iioch a ^hclur was the same as made him ask ' ** Mother," cried Brace, throagh tbe noose 
i\ lee to throw the bottle ont of the garret. Robert door, and held a monentaiy whiqaiiig with the 
ISruce tieard his question, and, regarding him partner of his throne. 

keenly from under bis ejebrows, debated with him- " So joor name 's Brace, is it ?** resumed Cop- 
nelf whether tbe applicant was respectable — chat i pics, as tbe other returned to the ooonter. 
i«, whether he could par, and woold bring upon the I ** Robert Brace, sir, at };oor serrice. 
house no discredit l^ the harborage. The signs 
tff such a man a» Cupples were inscratable to 
Bruce ; tlicrefore his answer hung fire. 

** Are ye deif, man ?*' said Cupples ; *'or are 
yc feared to tyne a chance by giein* a fair answer 
to a fair qncston ?** 

The arrow went too near the mark not to irri- 
tate Bruce. 

** Gang ver wa*8,** said he. '' Wc dinna want 
tramps i* this toon.*' 

** Wecl, I am a tramp, nae doobc," returaed 
Cttp|>lcs ; " for I hao come ilka bit o* tbe road 
upo' my ain fit ; but I hoe read in history o* twa 
or three tramps that war respectable fowk for a' 
that. Yc winiia f/ie ony thing i* this chop ,1 doobt 
— nae even infurmation. Will ye nii me an 
unce o' pigtail ?" 

♦* Ow, ay. 1 '11 sell 't gin ye HI buy 't.*' 

*' There's the bawbccH,*' said Cupples, laying 
the orthodox ])cnco on the counter. '* And noo 
will ye tell mo wbaur I can get a respectable, 
docent place to lio doon in ? I '11 waut it for a 
week, at ony rate." 

Before ho had finished the question, the door 
hchind the counter had opened, and young Bruce 
had entered. Mb Cupples knew him well enough 
l>y flight as n lost year's bcjan. 

"How* arc you?" he said. "I know yon, 
though I don't know your name.*' 

** My name's liobert Bruce, Mr Cupples." 

•* A fine name — liobert Bruce," he replied. 

The vouth turned to his father, and said — 

**Tliis gentleman is the librarian of our col- 
lege, father." 

Bruce took his hat off bis head, and set it on 
the counter. 

** I h<?g your pardon, sir," he said. ** I 'm ter- 
rible short-sichtit in can'lo-liclit." 

** 'I m used to lH»in' mista'cn'," answered Cup- 
ples simply, ]HM'ooiving that ho had got hold of 
a character. * * Mak nae apologies, I beg ye, but 
answer my (^ueston." 

•* Wed, sir, to tell the trowth, soein* yo*re a 
gentleman, wo Imo a room ooi'sels. But it's a 
garret-nx^m, and may be — " 

** Thou I '11 hao 't, whatever it be, pin ye dinna 
want owvr muckle for 't." 

** WfH'l, yo 8iH\ sir, vour college is a great ex- 



|>ense to houmhlo fowk like oorsels, and we hae to ;wtMi." 

t».u :• ..^ .1.... iw..... ..^. ftW^* ...^ ^^^ ** 'Pi.A. 



» w 

** It *s a gran* aaatf,** saKi Cupples with cmpba- 

** 'Deed is 't, and I hae a richt to heir 't.** 

*' Ye 11 be a descendant, n|ie doot, o* tbe Yerl u* 
Carrick ?** said Capplcs, gnessing at his weak- 
ness. 

*' O' the king, dr. Fowk may think little o* 
me; but I come o* him that freed Scotland. 
Gin it badnii been for Bannockburn, sir, wbaor 
wad Scotland hae been tbe day ?" 

*'Nearban' ciTileesed nnner the fine influences 
o' the English, wi' their cultiTotion and their 
mainners, and, aboon a* their gran* Edwards and 
Hairrics." 

'* I dinna richtly nnncrstan* ye, sir,*' said 
Bruce. *^ Ye hae heard boo the king clave the 
skull o' Sir Henry dee Bo-hnnn — bacnaye, nr ?** 

**0w, aye. But it was a pity it wasna the 
ither gait. I«at me see the wav to my room, for 
I want to wash my han's and face. They're 
jist borkit wi* stour (dtw/)." 

Bruce hesitated whether to show Mr. Cupples 
out or in. His blue blood boiled at thUt insult 
to his groat progenitor. But a half-crown would 
cover a greater wrong than that even, and ho 
obeyed. Cupples followed him up stairs, mur- 
muring to himself — 

** Shades o' Wallace and Bruce ! forgie me. 
But to sec Fma' craters cock their noses and tlieir 
tails as gin they had inherited the michty deeds 
as weel as the names o* their forbears, jist scnnnen 
me, and turns my blude into the gall o* bitterness 
— and that *8 scripter for *t.'* 

After farther consultation, Mr. and Mrs. Brace 
came to the conclusion that it might be politic, 
for Robert's sake, to treat the librarian with con- 
sideration. Consequently Mrs. Brace invited him 
to go down to his tea in the room. Descending 
before it was quite ready, be looked about him. 
Tbe only thing that attracted his attention was 
a handsomely bound Bible. Thb he took op, 
thinking to get some amnsement foom the binbs 
of the illustiious Braces ; but the only in8cri|)tion 
he could find, besides tbe name of Jokm Cowie, 
was the following in pencil : 

^*Sti/)er Davidi* Ihalmvm terHmm vtcetiunaH^ 
syntfrapham jtectmiariam centum aoiidot rafentewj 
qwr^ me tuortw), a Amtie Anderson^ mi&i diUcta, nV, 



mnk it up tho In^st way that wo can.' 
•* Nae d\H>t. Hoo muckle do ye want ?'* 
** Wad vo think five shillins ower muckle ?*' 
*»lXvdwad l." 

** Wc<»U we *11 say three than — to ytm, pir." 
** I winna gie ve mair nor half a croon.** 
•* Hvx^t, sir ! 'It 's ower little.** 
*» WclU I 11 Kx^k farther." said Mr. Cupples 

putting on Kngli^ih, and m€»ving to the door. 
** Na« «ir ; le *11 do nae sic thing. I>a ye think 



Then came some figures, and then the date, 
with the initials J. C. 

Hence it was that Mr. Cupples thought he had 
heard the name of Annie Anderson before. 

'* It *s a gran* Bible this, gndewifcy" he siid as 
Mrs. Brace entered. 

*' Aye is *t. It belangcd to oer pairis-ministcr. " 

Nothing more pasKd, for Mr. Cnfiples was 
hungry. 

After a long sleep in the Hiorning, he called 




ALEC FOKBES OF UOWGLES. 



t. Fuibo, and wia kindly received ; but I 
Lt a greni duappoinEincnt (o him to find Ilmt 
l« could noi lee Alec. At hcwu in ilie country, i 
ever, ho n»olrcd to make tho best of it, nnd 
inioj liimscir for a week. For hia asserted die- 
Bk« to (he country, though eenuino at llie time, | 
as niT thing but oataral to bim. So ever^ day f 
^^e cljmbcd to the lop of one or other of ths hiifa 
■rbich enclosed tbo valley, nnd wa* rewarded n-ith 
^^ull vigor and renewed joy. He bnd not learned 
^o wemd Wonlsw art h ; yet not a wind blew throagli 
I broom-bnib, but it blew a joy from it into liiii 
iCBTt. nc too was a prod igiif returned at least 
Mo tAe vttlibait of liin father'* Iiouk. And the 
Mbcr soDt the servants out there to minister to 
lim ; snd Nature, tlie housekeeper, put the robe 
if health upon him, and rrvc hint now shoes of 
iTVUgth, and A ring, though not ilie father's whits 
(one. Tho delights of those spring days wcro ciid- 
kcM to him whose own nature wiis huddiuK with 
Bow life. Familiar with all the coitnga wayji, ho 
yonld drop into any hootU iio came near nboul 
~ !• dinner-time, and asking for Afiicrt (of 
te) and a rogvit a' milt:, would niukc his dinner 
those content, and leave a iriHc behind him i 
knowled^pienl. But he would always conirii 
tt ni the glonmin began lo full, he sliould be 
r UDnrplen, that ho might Inquire after bis 
nd. And Mrs. Forbes began to understand 
• better. Bcfuce the week was over, there 
Inn about Howglen whom 



njjn 






juilf, titn his forgotfulness was fast vanishing in 
Ifaa menstruum of iho earib-spirit, the world's 
breath blown over tbe com. In paiticular he 
luidmade the acquaintance of James Dow, wilb 
vhcM knowing simplicity he was greatly taken. 

On the last dny but one of his intended stay, 
■■be went to mako his daily inquiry, he dropped 
in to SBO Junes Dow in tbe " barled hypocrite." 
jMBCi had come in from his work, au'd was s<l- 
dag tXaao on a bunch by the tabic, in a corner 
of the earth-flnorod kitchen. Tho great pot, 
UdleM, and full of magnificent potatoes, was 
fasBging above tho fire, that its conlenta might 
be quite dry fur supper. Through iho lilile 
window, a foot and a half square, Cupplcs could 
Ma iho remains of a bawthom hedge, a hun- 
ind years old — a hedge no longer, but a. row of 
Iniobby, gnarled-trees, full of knees and elbows t 
md thrungh tho trees tbo remnins of an orange- 
colored suosel. — It was not a beautiful country, 
■■ I have said before; but the i>tiring nraa beau- 
tiful, and the heavens were slwiiys beatniful ; 
and, like tho plainest woman's fnce, the counliy 
haelf, in its best moods, had no end of beamy. 

" Hoo are ye, Jeamcs Doo ?" 

"Kno, I thank to, sir," said James rising. 

"I wad raithcr sit doon myscl', nor car you 
MM,' tip efler ycr day's work, Jcnmcr." 

"Owl I dinna warslle mysel' 10 llic dcith 
■'Ihegither." 

Bat Jnincs, who was not a henhliT man, was 
often in tbe wcl Held when another 'would bare 
been in bed, and rlghieouilr in bed. Ho bad n 
■Uong feeling of the worthlessness of man's life 
In comparison with the work he has to do, even 
if that work be only the spreading of a foihcr of 
dang. His tnisircss could not keep him from his 

Mr. Cupplcs sat down, and Jnmcs resumed his 



"Te'ro aw fu" dubby (wifyj aboot tlia feet 
Mr. Cupplcs. Jist giemeolFyerthune, and I'll 
gie them a scrape and a lick wi' tbe blackin' 
brush," said James, again rising. 

" Oiol tak' me gin 1 do ony sie tiling !'' ex- 
claimed Mr. Cupples. '■ My shuns 'II do ueel 
eneucb." 

*' Whaar got yo a' that dub, lirF The roiidi 
is middtin'tbe day." 

*■ I dinna aye slick to tho roads, Jeamei. 1 
wan intil a bog (irsi, and syne intl] some ploocd 
Inn' that nns a' lumps o' clay shinin' green i' the 
sutt. Sae ii'i nae «-onner gin 1 be some clortit. 
Will ye gio me a pitawia, Jcames, in place o' 
tho blaekin'-brusb 't" 

"Ay, twenty. But winna yo bldo till Mt». 
ie cumea in, and hno a drappj milk wi' ihein? 
Thoy 're fine pitawtas the year." 

"Na,na, I haena time," 

" WccI, jist dip into the pot, and help vcrr«r, 
sir ; and I 'tl luik for a grainy o' saul." ' 

" Hoo'syor misircs?, Jcames? A fine wdninn 
thaM" 

" Nae thni ill, but some forfoehten wi' norylu' 
Mr, Atee. Kh ! sir, that's aSnolad, ginhewnd 
only hand steady." 

" I 'm thiukln' he winna gang far wTongacnin, 
He's gotten the arles (tomtit) end ho winna 
want the wages. — That's a flno lassie (hat's 
bidin' Avi' ihein — Annie Anderson they ca' her." 

" 'Deed is Hbe, sir. 1 kent her father afuro 
her day, nnd 1 hoe kent her sin ever she had a 
da.y. She 't nnc a' the flncal bairns ever wo* 

"Is s-he onr relniinn to the mistress T" 

" Ow, no. Nae mnir relation nor 'ul a' guJo 
fowk'ssib." 

And Dow toUl Cujjptes the girl's story, tnolud- 
ing the arrangement made wilh Bruce, in which 
ho had bad a principnl part. 

" Annie Aadrrtoa — I canna mab' 001 whanr I 
bao heard her name sforc." 

" Yo 're Lidin' at Bruce's, arena je, Mr. Cup- 
plcs f" 

"Ay. Tlint Ik, I'mslcepin' there, and pay* 



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I 
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0' a ebiel' 's Bruee?" 

" lie's terrible greedy." 

"A moudiwarp (moU) wi' ae co nad 1 
afore he had winkit twice." 

" 'Docd tnicbt he." 

"Is ho honest?" 

" That '» hard 10 annver. But I s' j 
bo honest wi'regalnl to her, gin lean." 

"Wad hechait}" 

"Ay. No. ile wadoa chalt mtdtU. 1 wadna 
turn niy back till him, though, ohn keekit ower 
mjr tlioDther to hand him sicker. Ho wadna 
nun' doin' III ihat gndc michi come." 

" Ay, ay ; I ken him. — And the iVf wad )-e 
whatever iinnii aniiher man, and the;wi> whai. 
ever faitbered himsel' ?" slid Mr. Cupples as ho 
dipped tho last morsel of his third potato in llio 
salt which he held In the palm of his loll hand, 

" Ye bao said it, Mr. Cupples." 

And therewith, Mr. Cupplos bade James 
good-night, and went to iht keott. 

There ho heard ihe happy news that Alee in- 
nisied un seeing him. Against her will, Mn. 
Forbes bad given in, ns ihc better altemativo 



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ALEC FORBES OF UOWGLEK. 



to Tcxing Iiim. The result of tho intenriew 
WAS, tliat Capplcs sat op with him that night, 
and Mrs. Forbes and Annio both slept. In the 
morning he found a bed ready for bim, to which 
h-.} reluctantly betook himself and slept for a 
omple of hours. The end of it was, that he did 
III It go back to Mr. Bruco's except to pay his bill. 
Nor did ho leave Howglcn for many weeks. 

At length, one lovely morning, when the green 
c(jrn lay soaking in the yellow sun-light, and tho 
xky rose above the earth deep and pure and ten- 
ilcV like the thought of God about it. Alec be- 
came suddenly aware that life was good, and 
tho world beautifuL He tried to raise himself, 
hut failed. Cupples was by his side in a mo- 
ment. Alec held out his hand with his old smile 
so long disused. Cupples propped him up witii 
pillows, and opened the window that tho warm 
waves of the air might break into the cave where 
ho had lain so long deaf to its noises and inscn- 
mWq to its influences. The tido flowed into his 
chamber like Pactolus, all golden with sunbeams. 
Ho lay with his hands before him and his eyen 
rloscd, looking so happy that Cupples gazc<l 
wich reverent delight, for ho thought ho was 
prayinj;. But ho was only blessed. So easily 
can God mako a man happy I Tho past hail 
dropped from him like a wild but weary and sor- 
did dream. He was reborn, a new child, in a new 
bright world, with a glowing summer to revel in. 
Ona of €rod*s lyric prophets, the larks, was with- 
in earshot, pouring down a vocal summer of ju- 
bilant melody. The lark thought nobody was 
iiitciiing but his wife ; but God heard in heaven, 
and tho young prodigal heard on the earth. 
Ho would be a good child henceforth, fur ono 
bunch of sun-rays was enough to bo happy upon. 
His mother entered. She saw tho beauty upon 
her boy's worn countenance ; she saw the noble 
watching love on that of his friend; her o>vn 
tilled with light, and she stood transflxed and si- 
lent. Annie entered, gazed for a moment, fled 
to her own room, and burst into adoring tears. 
— For she had seen the face of God, and that 
face was Love — love like the human, only deep- 
er, deeper — tenderer, lovelier, stronger. She 
could not recall what she had seen, or how she 
had known it : but the conviction remained that 
•ilte hod seen his face, and that it was infinitely 
hoaiitiful. 

'* He has been wi* me a* the time, my God ! 
Ho gied me mv father, and sent Broonie to tak' 
care o* me, and Dooie, and Thomas Crann, and 
Mrs. Forbes, and Alec. And he sent the cat 
whan I gaed till him aboot tho rottans. An* 
ho 's been wi* me I kenna hoo lang, and he *s wi' 
mo noo. And I hae seen his face, and I '11 
see his face again. And I'll try sair to be 
a gudo bairn. Eh me ! It 's jist wonnerfn ! 
And God 's jist .... nacthing but God him- 
ser." 



CHAPTER LXXX. 

ALTnocoH Mr. Cupples had been educated 
for tho Church, and was indeed at this present 
time n licentiate, he had given up all thought of 
pursuing what had been his mother's ambition 
rather than his own choice. But his thoughts 
hod not ceased to run in some of the old grooves, 
.altkough a certain scepticism would somctinios 



Bet him examining; those grooves to find out 
whether they hiul been made by the wheels of 
the gospel-chariot, or by those of Juggernaut in 
the disguise of a Hebrew high priest, drawn by 
a shouting Christian people. Indeed, as soon as 
he ceased to go to church, which was soon after 
ceasing to regard the priesthood as bis future 
profession, he began to look at many things from 
points of view not exclnsively ecclesiastic. So 
that, although he did go to church at Glamerton 
for several Sundays, the da^ arriving when he 
could not face it again, he did not scmplo to set 
off for the hills. Coming home with a great 
grand purple fox-glove in his hand, he mel some 
I of the missionars returning from th«ir chapel, 
and among the rest Robert Brnce, vrlio stopped 
and spoke. 

'^ I 'm surprised to see ye carry in* that thing 
<>' the Lord's day, Mr. Cupples. Fowk 'U think 
illo've." 

** Weel, ye see, Mr. Bmoe, it aagert mcsae to 
see the ill-faured thing positeerely growin' there 
npo' tho Lord's Day, that I pu'd it up 'maist by 
the rect. To think o' a woyd like tiiat prank- 
in' itscl' oot in its purple and its spots upo'the 
Sawbath Day I It cauna ken what it 's aboot. 
I 'm only feared I left ensacb o"t to be up again 
afore lang." 

**I doobt, Mr. Cupples, ye hacna come anDer 
the poorer o' grace yet.*' 

" A pour o' creysh (ffreaae) I Na, thank ye. 
I dinna want to come unner a pour o' creysh. It 
wad bland me a'thegither. Is that the gait ye 
baptize i' your conventicle ?" 

** There 's nane sae deif 's them 'at winna hear, 
Mr. Cupples," said Bruce. •* I mean — yo 'ro no 
convcrtit yet." 

'* Na. I 'm no convertit. 'Deed no. I wadna 
like to bo convertit. What wad ye convert me 
till? A «wine? Or a sma' peddlin' crater that 
tak's a bawbee mnir for rowin' up tho pigtail in 
a foul paper? Ca' ye that conversion? I '11 
bide OS I am." 

** It 's waste o' precious time spcikin' to you, 
Mr. Cupples," returned Bruce, moving off with a 
red face. 

•* 'Deed is *t," retorted Cupples ; «* and I honp 
ye winna forget tho fac' ? It 's o' consequens to 
me." 

But ho had quite another word on the same 
subject for Annie Anderson, whom he overtook 
on her way to Howglen— she likewise returning 
from the missionar kirk. 

'* Isna that a bonnie ring o* deid man*g heUs^ 
Annie?" said he, holding out the fbx-glove, 
and calling it by its name in that part of the 
country. 

" Ay is 't. But that was ower mnckle a flooer 
to tak' to the kirk wi' ve. Ye wad gar the fowk 
lauch." 

"What 's the richt flooer to tak' to the kirk, 
Annie ?" 

** Ow ! solxsr floories that smell o' the yird 
{earth), like." 

** Ay : ny ! Sic like 's what ?" asked Cupples, 
for he had found in Annie a poetic naturo that 
delighted him. 

"Ow! sic likens thyme and southrcn-wood, 
and may be a bittie o' mignonette." 

**Ay! ay! And sae the cowmon custom 
)i buses you young bonnie lammies o' the flock. 
WaUna ye tak' the rose o' Sharon itscl,' nor tho 



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ALLC FOimCS Ol' IIUWULEX. 



Sre-reiil liUes ihnt matlc the text for tlic Sar. 
'» sermon? Ow! nn. f b mnuii ba lober, 
iKi'fliMienbonnioiTnench, batsmetlin' o'lho kirk- 
.y«nl railhcmor ihc blue lifi, wbichuimo 'a ihe 
■pphilti Ibronc o' Him tbnl Fat Iherson." 

"Wool, bat ttlooin' thnt, ye audiiiL gar fnwk 
hrnch, itP a bonnk Boost, bnt ridickleousforibc 
•lae o* "t, "cep" yc gic 'i room. A kirk 'i oiver 
Bnto fOT't." 

" Te 're richt ihcre, mr dnwiic. And I tinenn 
Ktn to the kirk itvo'. 1 hue b«cn (o tUe bills." 

'• And what got ye there ?" 

** I got ihU npo' tho mad hamc." 

" But whM got ye Ihero?" 

** VTmI, I got the blue lift." 

" And what wns ihnt U) yo ?" 

*■ It taid to me thai I iru a foolish man to 
rare nboot tha cUiks aod the itrifea o' the wnrl' ; 
f <r a'wuqiiaict ttboon, whiile»er ■(ramash Ihcy 
i<ii<-1it ba makin' doon here i' the ccllnra □' t[ia 
••.■.•erhual creation." 

Annie wu lilcal : while she did not qaiio nn- 
Ijntand hlro, «ha had a dim pcrccpiinn of n 
j^rMd meaning in what be mid. Tlie fnct was 
that Annie was ilio greater of the two u tste ,- 
Cnp^e* the Kraaier ta /k»m. Hu imnginnilon 
\.-i him KC things far beyond what he conid for 
> Inns t'118 attain unto. 

" Uul what got JG HI Ihc kirk, Annit; 7" 

" Weel, I canna say I got Terra miiekle the 
]:iT, Mr. Tarnbuira text was, 'Thou I.:Ord ai'C 
uiorelfal, for thou rcnderwt w cvmy mun ne- 
c-irding to his works." " 

"Xo michi hae gotten a hantel ooC a' iluit." 

" Ajr. But ye we, ha anid IliB Loro was 
n«rciful to itiicr fowk whnn he rendi^rt lu llic 
wteked the pnnishmcnl dne to Ibcm. And I eud- 
na riehtly feel i' my hort that I cud jirarae tbc 
Ixird for thai mercy." 

" I dinna wonner, my bairn." 

■• B'itcb I MrCupplea, Mr. Tiimbull '■ no like 
i:iM aye. llo'a bannio upo' the Guatwl new*. I 
"Uc ye wnd ganj; nnd hear him Ihe nidil. I 
inna gang, cause Mrs. Forbes Is (taun oat." 

"1 'II Rnng and hpar bim, to plenM yon, my 
JMie I for, OS I said, I haena been to the kirk the 

*' Bnt d» ye think it 's richt lo brak tho Snw. 
Uth, Mr.Cupples?" 

"I dinna unnoretan" ye." 

"What the clergy ca'brakin" tho Sawhath '» no 
hrikln' ft' '(. I 'Jl tell ye what •ocms to mo the 
HllTjf atwocii the like o'your Mr. Turnbull and 
tlMfharlteea— aadit'saereatdiircr. Theyband 
hM*f burdens and erieToos to be borne, and laid 
ihca npo' men's shoulher*, but wadna touch «ic 
nka to earry them wi' ane o' their fingers : Mr. 
TBrnbull nnd the like o' him bcirs their share. 

It the borden 's nano tho less a heavy ane and 

ierouto be borne." 

"Bat ihs burden 'a no — ihal grievous to me, 
Mr. Capple*." 

"There 'a no savin' what yoo womcn-fowk will 
not Ink' n pleesur' in beann' ; but Ihe passage 
rufjn ex|>re>aly to the mcn'a sbonthcrs. And 
fiiith, mine icitfnot endure to be loadcntwi'illier 
('■wkt'Arkca (_trifia). And loc come alang, dcld 
- I's liella," 

Annie thought all Ibtsralhcrdreadrul, but she 
I wns not shocked as n Christian who lives by the 
I clergy and their iradiiion*, instead of l? the fresh 



spirit of God. would linro been. Far ahe could 
not help teeing tlini there was i rath in it. 

But alihongli Cupples conId say much to set 
Annie tliinking, nnd although she did find cn- 
ligbtenmentul Inst from ponderin); over bis words, 
yei she could have told hitn for deeper things 
than he had yet auspected to exist. For she kne^r 
that the coal of nil life is the faee of God. I'ur- 
bapaBhehndlalBnraayethigherlesBon: thnloiir 
one free borne is Ihe Heart, the eternal lovelr 
Will of God, than that which should fail, it were 
better that we nnd allthe woridsshonldgoontin 
blackness. Hut this Will is oar Saliation. Be 
cause He Hvctb we shall live also. 

Mr. Cupples found in the miisionnr kirk n cer- 
tain fervor which pleased him. For Mr. Turn- 
bull fluding that hi) appettla to the nngodljr were 
now of little avail to attract listeners of the class, 
had bctnken himself 10 the building up of the body 
of Christ, dwelling in partienlar upon tho love til 
ilio hretliren. But how some of litem wcr« lo bo 
loTcd except with the lore of com passionate indig- 
iiDiion,avGn his most rapt listener, ThomnsCrann, 
could not hnvo supposed himself capable of ex- 
plaining. As I said, however, Mr. Cupples found 
the aennon in some degree impresairc, and was 
atteniirc. Ashe was walkingawny, questioning 'j 
wiih himself, ho heard a voice in tho air above 
liim. It came from the lips of Thomas Cmnn, 
who atlbough sloo[iing from asthma and riioumn- 
liim, Btill rose nearly a foot above the hood of 
Mr. Cupples. 

" I was glniJ lo see yo at oor kh-k, wr," snid 
Tliorana. 

"What for ilintT" relnmodthe librarian, who 
always repelled first np]iro9che«, in which be was 
only like Thomoa himacir, nnd mnny other wortliy 
people, both Scatcb and English. 

"A Btranper sud aye bo n-clcotneJ to ony 
boJv'« boose." 

■•"I didna ken il wns yocir hoopx." 

"Own«. It's no my iiotiK!. It 's the Lotd's 
hooso. But A smile frno the servan'-ioss that 
opcni ilic door's someihing lillaman that gangs 
to ony liiHiso for the fliM time, ye ken," rctam- 
od Tbumas, wlio, like many men of rongfa ad- 
dies'!, was instnnllv put upon his good behav- 
ior by the evhilMiiou of like roughneu in au- 

This answer disarmed Cupples. He looked up 
into Thomas's face, and saw (intta maaaiva chin; 
then a Rrmly closed month ; then a nose, straight 
OS a Greek's, but bulky and of a rongh texture ; 
then two keen gray eyes, and histly a big squaru 
fotchead snpportea by tlio two pedestals of high 
cheek-bones — the whole looking as if it bad been 
hewn out of his professional granite, or rather b.i 
if the look or tlie granite had passed into the face 
that was BO conslanlty bent over it, fosbioning 
the stubborn substance lo the yet more stublwrn 
human will. And Cupples not only liked Ihi' 
face, but fell that ho was in the preaence of one 
of the higher natures of the world — made to 
command, or rather, which is far better, to influ- 
ence. Before he had lime to reply, bowevei. 
Thomas rcBumed — 

■■ Yo hne had a heap o' tribblo, I doobt, wi' 
thnt Inddie, Alee Forbes." 

" Kncthing mair nor waa nateral," answerr i 
Cupi'lcs. 

"lIc'B a fine crater, though. I ken ihm 
wccl. Is ho coma back, do you think ?" 



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** Whftt do ye mean ? lie *«» lyin* in 's bed, 
quaiet cncuch) puir fallow !" 

** Is lie come back to the fuld?" 

*<Nac to the xnissionars, 1 *En tiiinkin*.** 

** Dinna anger me. Ye *ro nao sue .ignorant 
as ye wad pass for. Ye ken weel eneuch what 
I mean. What care I for the missionars mair nor 
ony ithcr o* the Lord's fowk, 'cep that they *re 
ninir like his fowk nor ony ither that I hae seen ?*' 

** Sic like 's Robert Bruce, for a sample.** 

Thomas stopped as if he had struck against a 
sionc wall, and went back on his track. 

'^ What I want to ken is whether Alec unner- 
srans yet that the prodigal *s aye ill aff ; and — '* 

"Nil," interrupted Cupples. **Ho *s never 
been cawed to the swine yet. Nor he sudna be, 
sne lang's 1 had a saxpence to halve wi' him." 

" Yc Ve no richt, frien', there. The suncr a 
]trodigal comes to the swine the better I" 

" Ay ; that 's what you richteons elder brith- 
crs think. I ken that weel eneuch." 

'* Mr. C::pples, I 'm nae elder brither i* that 
sense. God kens I wad gang oot to lat him in.** 

** What ken ye aboot him, gin it be a fair qucs- 
ton ?" 

**I hae kent him, sir, sin he was a bairn. I 
j>cnled his life — no my nin — to gar him do 
iiis duty. I trust in God it wad hae been easier 
fur me to hae periled my oin. Sao ye sec I do 
ken aboot him.*' 

*' Weel,*' said Mr. Cupples, to whom the na- 
ture of Thomas had begun to open itself, ** I 
alloo thaL Whaur do ye bi^e? What's yer 
name ? I *11 come and see ye the mom's nicht, 
gin ye *11 lat me.** 

'* My name *s Thomas Crann. I *m a stone- 
mason. Speir at Robert Bruce's chop, and they 
*ll dircc ye to whaur I bide. Ye may come the 
mom*8 nicht, and welcome. Can ye sup par- 
ritch?*' 

"Ay, weel that.** 

''My Jean's an extromar han* at parritch. 
I only houp puir Esau bad half as guid for *s 
birthricht. Ye '11 hae a drappy wi' me ?'* 

" Wi' a' my hert,** answered Cupples. 

And here their ways diverged. 

When he reached home he asked Annie about 
Thomas. Annie spoke of him in the highest 
terms, adding — 

" I *m glaid ye like him, Mr. Cupples." 

'*I dinna think, wi' sic an opingon o* *m, it 
can maitter mnckle to yon whether I like him 
or no," returned Mr. Cupples, looking at her 
quizzically. 

** Na, nae mucklo as regairds him. But it 
says weel for you, ye ken, Mr. Cupples," replied 
Annie archly. 

Mr. Cupples laughed good - hnmoredly, and 
said — 

**WeeI, I s* gang and see him the mom's 
nicht, ony gait." 

And so ho did. And the porridge and the 
milk were both good. 

**Thi8 is heumble fare, Mr. Cupples,** said 
Thomas. 

" It maittcrs little compairateevely what a man 
lives upo'," said Cupples sententiously, *'sae it 
be first-rate o* 'ts ain kin*. And this is first-rate.*' 

**Tak' a drappy mair, sir.** 

"Na, nao mair, I thank ve." 

" They '11 be left, gin ye dinna." 

"Weel, sen' thcin owcr to Mr. Bruce," said 



Cupples, with a sly wink. "Is* warran' he '11 
coup them ower nf«irc they sud be wastit. lie 
caniia bide waste." 

** Weel, that *8 a vertne. The Saviour himscl* 
garred them gaither up the fragments." 

"Nae doobt. But I'm feared Brace wad 
hae coontit the waste by hoo mony o' the bask- 
ets gaed by his door. I 'm surprised at ye, 
Mr. Crann, tryin' to defen' sic a meeserable cra- 
ter, jist 'cause he gangs to yer kirk." 

" Weel, he is a meeserable crater, and I canna 
bide him. He 's jist a Jonah in oor ship, an 
Ahchan in oor camp. But I sudna speyk sae to 
une that 's no a membsr." 

"Never ye min'. I'm anld eneuch to hae 
learned to hand my tongue. But wc *11 turn till 
a better subjec*. Jist tell me hoo ye made Alec 
peril 's life for conscience sake. Ye dinna bum 
fowk here for nao freely haudin' by the Shorter 
Carritchis, do ye ?" 

And hereupon followed the story of the flood. 
Both these men, notwithstanding the defiance 
they bore on their shields, were of the roost friend- 
ly and communicative disposition. So soon as 
they saw that a neighbor was trust W(*rtliy, thry 
trusted him. Hence it is not marvelous t1 r't 
communication should have been mntual. Ci.|»- 
plcs told Thomas in return how he had come to 
know Alec, and what compact had arisen be- 
tween them. Thomas, as soon as be understood 
Mr. Cupples's sacrifice, caught the delicate h<ind 
in his cn^nite grasp — ^like that with which the 
steel anvil and the stone block held Arthur's 
sword — and said solemnly — 

" Ye hae done a great deed, which winna 
gang wantin' its reward. It canna hae merit, 
but it maun be pleesant in His sicht. Te hae 
baith conquered sin i' yersel', and ye hae turned 
the sinner frae the error o' his ways." 

" Hoots !'* interrupted Cupples, " do ye think 
I was gaun to lat the laddie gang reid-wnd to 
the doevil, ohno (^German) stud in afore 'm and 
cried fToo^ /" 

After this the two were friends, and met often. 
Cupples went to the missionars again and again, 
and they generally walked away together. 

" What gart ye turn frae the kirk o' yer fathers, 
and tak to conventicle like that, Thomas ?*" 
asked Mr. Cupples one evening. 

"Ye hae been to them baith, and I wad luic 
thocht ye wad hae kent better nor to speir sic a 
qneston," answered Thomas. 

"Ay, ay. But what gart yc think o' 't 
first?*' 

" Weel, I '11 tell ye the haill story. Whan I 
was a callan, I took the play to mysel' for a week 
or may be twa, and gaed wV a frien' i' the same 
trade *s mysel*, to see what was to be seen alanf> 
a screed o* the sea-coast, frae toon to toon. My 
coropaingon wasna that gudo at the traivelin*; 
and upo* the Setterday nicht, there we war in n 
public-hoose, and him no able to gang ao fit 
farther, for sair heels and taes. Sae we bnde tn 
bide still ower the Sawbath, though we wad fain 
hae been oot o* the toon afore the kirk began. 
But seein' that we cndna, I thocht it wad be but 
dacent to gang to the kirk like ither fowk, and 
sae I made mysel' as snod as I could, and gaed 
oot. And afore I had gane mony ymrds, I cam 
upo' fowk gaein to the kirk. And sae I loot 
the stream carry me alang wi' *t, and gaed in 
and 811 1 doon, though the ]ilaoe wasna cxackly 



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:fikB a kirk n'lhrRiilicr. But (ho minisler hnd a 
jCifi u' praror and o' prcnching as wc«l ; and tbe 
Cork a' ihhk as gin 't was pairt o' their basiness 
lo prain Gixl, fur fear iio wait tok' it frae ihem 
■ad gie *t to iho srnnca Wlian I cam oot, and 
raa Bocin qaoieil; back to ilio public, lliero cam 
iral as MiboF-laikin roan up Co roe, and he wad 
«e ma hame to my dcnncr ; and gyno Ihcir cnm 
a iratil mnn, nnd cfusr that a, man that luiliit like 
, ■Bior, and nne nnd h* o' them wad hno mc linmc 
fo iny denncT wi" Ihuni — fur no airihl* riMon 
but that I woa a «lraligcr. But ye hc'I cadna 
_ _ e my fricn' una irai:iD fur hii till J 

inud bnck. ETier dcnncr. I spiort at tbe laud- 
'( gin she cud tell roc what ihcy ca'd theroiKlB, 
the fowk *aC galhored i' that pairt o' the loon ; 
«nd sayi ihe, ' I dinna ben what lliey ca' Ihcm— 
■ Utrj 'ra one cnitomen o' mine — but I jist ken 
thill they 're hnrd-workin' fiivik, kind to an 
milhor. Almdy trusti their vnreA. Gif nnr o' 
thera be nek, iho roit luiks cfter them till ihey 
*n better ; and jiin any a' them hnpp^na in cung 
WTKOg gait, there 't aye three or f<>nr u' them 
It bim, till thev got him mc rirht ngnin.' 
JWsel.'wjsI, ' I liinna cars what they cft' then; ; 
It gin over I jine onj kirk, that »' be the kirk.' 
u, cftcr thai, nhan nnee I had gotten a sure 
>np, a mel gran' fur believin' that I was ane a' 
le cnlled and choien, I jist jined roytel'to [hem 
thni lud be liko them— far they cu'd them a' 



ic r.tred 






I* that line "ti 'jne ?" 
Ar, it'i tweniT vcnr noo." 
I ihocht ai muc'kle. I ilnnbl ihey ti 
fifco Maid o' the nov fOBhioog.'' 

"Hoothat?" 

"QnmrtmKa nnlJ ilicnHel'-'. There 
lifra d' decrepitude, no to any degeneracy, amo' 
jr^ iunn there?" 

" I maun alloa that. At the first, things hns 
> kiu' a' a awinfc that cnrrica them on. Bat the 
■mil an' (he doelitera dinna cara sue mucklc 
ftboot them u the fiithcrs and mithers. May be 
(hsy haena come thmw the liarda like them." 

"And ayne there '11 he nne or iwa cruppen in 
liks that choeen Tcssel o' grace they ca' KoberC 
Sroca- I 'm sure he 'a enonch to rnin ye i' the 
Kieht o' the wnrl", honevcr you and he may fare 
tti heid-qanrtcrs, bcin' a' called and chown the- 

"For God's ante, dinna think that Hie as him 
f^m nay token o' bcin' ana u' llio dec." 

"Hoo wan he inthan? They my re 're unco' 
patticiilnr. The etec sad ken an elec." 

"Il'a the liller, mnn, thai blin's the een a' 
thorn thai hae to ait in jeedgment apo' Ihe Bpi>li- 
«Mllt*. The crater professed, and they war jial 

"Wool, gin that he iho cn«e, I dinna sec that 
jrs're tac faraheld o'fowk ibnc disna mak' aai 
' iMinr tiretODBiona." 

"Indecil, Mr. Cnpplcn, I fitly cloobl that the 
4i<pteBaar o' the Almichly ia rc^rin' upo'oorkirk; 
nna Mr, TtimbuU. honest mnn. iip|>ears to feel 



nehl o' -I 



We hi 



i' iha ScripiuT o' a haill cummuniry saffcriii' for 

" Do ye ken ony inatancc o' n gnde mai 
Iwin' aWa to win in to your set ?" 

"Ay, ane, I ihinfc. There was a ThIo 
that waotil aair to «it ition wi' 'a. Bat nhni 
tre UoT We cudnn ken wbclhcr he had s 



0, for the body eadaa apeyk that a bcdy 



"And ye didna lathlm lit i 
"No. Hoo end we ?" 
" The lAird didna doe for hi 
"We CI 






And what did the pair crater du ' 

•" JIc gral (tBtpl)." 

"And hoo cam' ye to lee that y 
been a' tbe better o' a wee muir pooer 
heart f* 

"Whan the crater was desln', the Itring o' 
his toiigno, whether that string Iny in hit mou', 
or in his brain, was lonscncd, und he spak' plain, 
and lie pnilaed God." 

" Weel, I can tmt see that yonr pkn, hnudio" 
oot innoccnta that lo'e Him, and lallin' in tliicita 
that wad atcal oot o' the Lord'a ain bag — pio 
Ihem a chance — can be an iropruiineut upo' ihc 
anld fnahion o' setiin' a man to judge himscl', 
and tak' the vrylo o' the jeedgmcni upo' 's nin 
ihoulhers." 



ClIAlTEIl LXXSI. 

Amit^ began lo perceire that it was lime for 
licr lo go, partly from the fact that ihe woa no 
longer wanted so mnch, and partly from Gndinij 
in hcniclf ccrtiiin condiiions of feeling which ahu 
did not know what to do with. 

" Annie's coming hack lo yon in a dsy or 
iH-o, Mr. llmce," said Mrs. Forbes, hniing called 
10 pay tome of her interne, and wishing lo pre- 
pare iho wny for her return. "Slio has hern 
with me a long time, but yon know aha was ill, 
and I could not part with licr besides." 

"Weel, mem," answered Bruce, "we'll h': 
Terra happy to tak' her haroo agnin, on auiic '» 
\e hae hail a' Iho u«e ye want o' her." 

He had never assumed this tone before, either 
to Mrs. Korbea or with regard to Aniiio. Bnt 
■he took no notice of i(. 

Both Mr. nnd Mri. Bruce rceeivcd Iho girl aii 
kindly that ahe did not know what to make of 
it. Mr. Bnico especially was all augar and 
butter — rancid buitcr of conrae. When she went 
lip to her old rnt-haunted room, her aatonish- 
roent was doubted. For tlio holea in floor 
and roof had been mended ; the aky-tiglit was 
as clean as glass n hundred years old could be ; 
a square of cargict lay in tlie middle of Iho 
floor ; and cheek curtains adorned the bed. 
She concluded ihnt thetc luKuries had been pro- 
cured for Mr. Cuppica, but coald not andentand 
how they came lo ho left for her. 

Nor did ihe consideration shown her decreai'e 
afier the first novelty of her retnm had woin 
off; and nliogether the main aouicea of her fni- 
roer diseomfort had eeasod lo flow. Tho hnby 
had become a awect-tcmpered little girl ; Jiilin> 
nie was nt school all day; and Bobert nn> n 
eomparnlirely well-beliaved, thongh *'ill tnlkv 
youth. Ho gnre himaelf great ain M hU foriner 
companions, bnl In Annie he was enndescendlniL 
Be was a goml student, and had the uao of riii 
room for a Mudr. 

Kohert BriK-c ih" i-lder hnd diacliised hi* pnij- 
ecta lo hi* heir, niiil h" liml miinrnlly derlined 
all effort fur Ihrir reiilisnllMU. Itut he bcmn 
nt length io oh^rre thai Annie had grown •mj 
prctiy ; nnil then he thuuglil it would bo • slM 



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ttiing to full in love with her, nnce, from his 
])arcnts' wishes to that end, she must have some 
money. Annie, however, did not suspect anj 
thing, till, one day, bhe overheard the elder say 
10 the younger — 

* *■ Ye dinna push, man. Gang benn to the chop 
nnd get a cnottie o' reid candy-sugar, and gio 
Iter that the neiRt time yo see her lane. The likes 
o' her kens what that means. And gin she tak*s 
*t frae yc, yo may hae the run o'the drawer. 
It *8 worth while, ye ken. Them 'at winna saw, 
winna reap.** 

From that moment she was on her guard. Nor 
did she give the youth a chance of putting his 
father's advice into operation. 

Meantime Alec got better and better, went out 
with Mr. Cupples in the gig, ate like an ogre, 
drank like a hippopotamus, and was rapidly re- 
covering his former strength. As he grew better, 
his funncr grief did draw nearer, but such was 
the freshness of his new life, that he seemed to 
Imve died and risen again like Lazams, leaving 
his sorrow behind him in the grave, to be com> 
muned with only in those dim seasons when 
ghosts walk. 

One evening over their supper, he wxis oppos- 
ing Mr. Cupples*s departure for the twentieth 
time. At lengtti the latter said — 

** Alec, I 'II bide wi* yc till the neist session 
upon ae condition.** 

**What is that, Mr. Cupples?'* said Mrs. 
Forbes. *' I shall be dclighte!d to know it." 

** Ye see, mem, this young rascal here made a 
fule o* 'msol* last session and didna pass ; and — " 

" Let by-goncs bo bv-gones, if you please, Mr. 
Cupples," said Mrs. f'orbes ])leasantly. 

^' 'l>.>e<I no, mem. What *s the use o* by-gancs 
i»ir ro Icnrn frae them hoo to meet the by-comes ? 
Vt; '11 ]il<*Ase to hear me oot ; and gin Alec doesna 
like to hear me, he maun jist sit and hear me." 

'* Fire away^ Mr. Cupples," said Alec. 

'* I will. Fur them that didna pass i' the en' 
o* the lust session, there 's an examination i'tlie 
beginnin' o' the neist — gin they like to stan' 't. 
Gin they dinna, they maun gang throu the same 
classes ower again, and stan' the examination at 
the end — that is, gin they want a degree; and 
1 hat *8 a terrible loss o' time for the start. Noo, 
gin Alec '11 sot to wark, like a man, I *11 help him 
n' that I can; and by the gatherin' again, he '11 
l>c up wi' the lave o* the fleet. Faith ! 1 11 sit like 
deith i' the spectre bark, and blaw intil his sails 
n' that I can blaw. May be ye dinna ken that 
verse i' *The Rhyme o* the Ancient Mariner?* It 
was left oot o' the later editions — 

*A guitof trfnd »^rt« np Ixjlilirl, 
And whistled throiiirh lil-< • "nn- ; 
Through the holed of hU eyo.i iiU'l tho hole of hi-i 

motith. 
Half whistles and half groans.' 

Thorc ! that *8 spicy — for them 'at likes ghnistry. " 
That very day Alec resumed. Mr. Cupples 
would not let him work a moment after he began 
to show symptoms of fatigue. But the limit was 
moved farther and farther every day, till at length 
he could work four hours. His tutor would not 
hear of any farther extension, and declared he 
would pass triumphantly. 

The rest of tlio summer dny they spent in 
wandering about, or lying in the grass, for it was 
a hot nnd dry summer, so that tho gniss was a 
Tciy bed of health. Then rnme all tlu pleasures 



of the harvest. And when the evenings grew 
cool, there were the books that Mr. Cupples for- 
aged for in Glamerton, seeming to find them bv 
the scent. 

And Mr. Cnpples tried to lead Alec into phil* 
osophical ways of regarding things ; for he had 
just enough of religion to get some good of phi- 
losophy— which itself is the religion of skeletons. 
** Ye see," he would say, ** it 's pairt o* the mn. 
chine. What a body has to do is to learn what 
pinion or steam-box, or piston, or mnckle water- 
wheel he represents, and stick to that, defyin* 
the deevil, whose wark is to put the machine oot 
o* gear. And sae he mann grin* awa', and whan 
Deith comes he '11 say, as Andrew Wylie did — 
* Weel ran, little wheelie !* and tak' him awa' wi* 
him some gait or ither, whanr, may be, he may 
mak* choice o* his ain machine for the neist trial.** 
'* That's some cauld doctrine, Mr. Cupples," 
Alec would sny. 

** Weel," he' would return with a smile,** gang 
to yer frien* Thames Crann, and be ll gie ye 
something a hantle better. That 's ane o' the 
maist extrornar men I ever made acqnontance wi*. 
He '11 gie ye divine philosophy — a dooms sicht 
better nor mine. But, eh ! he *s saft for a' that.'* 
Annie would have got more good from these 
readings than either of them. Mr. Cupples was 
puzzled to account for her absence, but came to 
see into the mother's defensive strategv, who had 
not yet learned to leave such things to tliemsclvcs; 
though she might have known by this time that 
the bubbles, of scheming mothers, positive or 
negative, however well-blown, are in danger of 
collapsing into a drop of burning poison. He 
missed Annie very much, and went often to see 
her, taking her whnt books he conld. With one 
or other of these she would wander along the 
banks of the clear brown Glamour, now watch- 
ing it OS it subdued its rocks or lay asleep in its 
shadowy pools, now reading a page or two, and 
now seating herself on the grass, and letting the 
dove of peace fold its wings upon her IxMom. 
Even her new love did not more than occasitmal- 
ly ruffle the flow of her inward river. She h.id 
long cherished a deeper love, which kept it very 
calm. Her stillness was always wandering into 
prayer ; but never did she oflTer a petition that 
associated Alec's fate with her own ; though 
sometimes she would find herself holding np her 
heart like an empty cup which knew that it was 
empty. She missed Tibbie Dyster dreadfully. 
One dny, thinking she heard Mr. Cnppfes 
come up stairs, she ran down with a smile on 
her face, which fell off it like a withered leaf 
when she saw no one there but Robert the stu- 
dent. He, taking the smile for himself, rose nnd 
approached her with nn ugly response on his 
heavy countcnnnec. She turned and flew np 
again to her room ; whither to her horror he fol* 
lowed her, dcmnndiug n kiss. An ordinary 
Scotch mnidcn of Annie's rank would have an- 

' swered such a request fmm a man she did not 
like with a box on the car, tolerably delivered ; 

I but Annie was too proud even to struggle, and 

, submitted like a marble statue, except that she 
could not help wiping her lips after the salute. 
The youth walked away more discomfited than 
if she had made angry protestations and a suc- 
cessful resistance. 

I Annie sat down and cried. Her former con- 
dition in the house was enviable to this. — Thai 



ALEC FOUBES OF IIOWGLES. 



lo CToiiInfi, niiliont aavini; a word lo any one, 
__. there vai n cnrioui ndmixtnra of ontwHnl 
lairlcsfncn niili ihc perfect inward obedience of 
ihe pti, ibe scE oat for Clippenstrne, on the op- 
■- "■ - bunk of ibc Wan Water. Ii ivna a gor- 
_jon« erening. The sun was RoinK down in 
iiarpie and erimion, divided bysncli bars of euld 
Mi never m^w in tbe mines of Ofiliir. A faint 
tory aiiM hung ils vail over Iho liills about tlie 
•ttuet ; and a torrent of red lieht slreomed down 
the wntHwd road by which she went. Tho air 
tru 1^ nnd the tight sobered wiiti n sense of 
lb* eomins twilight. It was such an cv<?iiing as 
we faare, done into English, in the ninth Krenlne 
Vulnntary of Wordsn-onh, And Annie felt it 
•neh. Thank God, it docs not need apoetJi: ed- 
nmion 10 feel sncli things. It needs a poetic 
r4ilcMion to iiiy such things, so ibal anolber, 
nomeing, yet shnll sec; bat ibnt such a ehilit 
OS Annie sliould not be able to fcef tlicm, wonlJ 
be the one argument to destmy oar belief in the 
Renaipcness of the poet's vision. For, if so, ran 
Ihe >i«ion hnTo come from Nature's self? Has 
it not rather been evoked by the magic rod of tlie 
poet's will from his own chambers of imagBry ? 



CHAPTER LXXXII. 

WnBii she reached Clippenstnio, she found 
lliat she had been sent there. Her aunt ciime 
from Ihe inner room as she opened Iho door, nnd 
•ha kn«w st once by her face that Death was in 
tho house. For iis expression recalled llic sad 
*fiion of her father's departDrs. Uor f-rent- 
nnelc, the litile gray-bcadod old cotler in the 
Highland bonnet, Jay dying — in the Highland 
bonnet still. Ha was going to " tho land o' Iho 
Leal" ihgal), the truo-hesrtod, to wait for his 
mitt, whose rheumniism wns no chariot of fli-c 
ige Rriflness, whatever it might be for pain, lo 
tew her lo the " high connlrics." Ho hss had 
: fMbing lo do with our story, save that once ho 
>mde our Annio feel that she had a home. 
-And to give that fi-vllng to another is worth living 
tar, and justifies a place in any story liko mine. 

Aontio Meg's grief appeared chiefly in her 
no«e : bnl it was none the lew genuine fur that, 
(or her nalnre was chiefly nose. Slio led the 
■wiiy into tho death -rooni— it eonld hardly Iw 
caOoil the alek-room — and Annio followed. By 
the badiride sat, in a high.backcd chair, nn otil 
wman with more wrinkles in her fiteo than 
JMOM in lior lifo. She was pcrfoclly calm, and 
MM like on~, already half across the river, 
WHohing her friend ns he passed her toward ilio 
anating bank. Tho old man lay with his eves 
«liwd. As soon as he knew that ho was dying 
lie hsu) chwcd his eyes, that the dead nrbs might 
VIA Mare into tbe fures of iho living. It had 
Iwen a whim of his for ream. Ho would teavo 
the honso deeent when liis lease was np. And 
the will kept pressing down the lids which it 
maid soon have no power to lift. 

" Ye "ro come in lime," said Apniio Mcc. and 
whispered lo tho old woman— "My blither 
Jeames's bairn." 

" Ay, ye 're come in lime, lassie," snid the 
great-aunt kindly, and snid no more. 

Tbe dying men heard ihe wor<ls, opened his 
eyce, glanced once at Annie, and I'Inscd them 
again. 



" Is that nnc o' Ihe angels come ?" he asked, 
for his wits were gone a liitle war before. 

"Nn, weel I wal!" said the liard-monthed 
nngrni'ioas Meg. "It's Annie Anderson, Jcames 
Anderaon's lass." 

Tho old man put his hand feebly from under 
the bad-cloihes. 

"I'm gliiid to see yc, dawtic," he said, siill 
without ojiening his eyes. " I aye waniil lo mg 
mair o'ye, furye'rejistsicabairnax I wad hnu 
likil to hae tnysel', gin it hod pleased the I^nl. 
Ye 're a douce, God-foarin' lassie, and lie 'II tak' 
care o' his ain." 

Here his mind began lo wander again. 

"MargcE," lie said, "is mj ocn tteekil, for 
I ibinit I see nnKcbi?" 

"Av are ihcy — close cnench." 

" W'oel, that 's vcrra ivoel. 1 '1! hno a sleep 

He was silent for some lime. Then ho re- 
verted to the fancy Ibat Annie wn» ihu lint of 
the angels coma lo can^ away bis suul, and 
murmured brokenly — 

' ' Whan ye lak' it up, be carcfu' hoo ye hnn'lo "t, 
baith for it 's some wcyk, and for it 'a no ower 
clean, and micht btaud tho bonnie wliiio ban 's 
o'sic God-servers nsyersels.*Ikcn mysel' llicro 'a 
ae spot ower the hert o' 't, whitk cam o' an ill 
word I eicd a bnirn for slealin'a ncep. But 
they did steal a hanllo that year. And Ihcru's 
anithcr spot upo' the ricbt lian', whilk earn u' 
DWcr gude a bargain Imadcwi'auld Juhn'I'hnm- 
Eion at Glass fair. And it wad never come oot 
wi' a' the soap and water — Hoots, I 'm havorin 1 
It 's npo' tho hon'o' my soul, wliaur Foap nnd 
water can never come. T^ord, dight it clean, 
and I 'U gio him 'I a'bnck whan I sec him iu thy 
kingdom. And 1 '11 Iwg his pardon foibye. But 
I didnachaii liim n'thegithcr. I only I'uik ninlr 
nor I wad hae gi'cn for the colt mysel*. And 
min' yo dinna lat mo fa' gaein' thrnu iho lift." 

Ho went on Ihui, with wandering thonghls 
that in their wildest vagaries were yet teoding 
homeward ; and which, when least sound, wera 
yet busy with llio wisest of mortal busiilesa — rc- 
peiitnnco. By degrees ho full inio n slumber, 
nnd from ihat, about midnight, into a doqicr 
slumber. 

The next morning, Annio went out, Slie 
could not feci opprencd or sorronrnl at sneh a 
dcnih. and she would walk np tho river 
In tho chnrch-yard where her fiilhcr lay. 
The Wnn Water was shallow, nnd ihcrefore full 
of talk about ail tho ihings ihat wero deep tc- 
ereis when tis bosom was fidl. Along great por- 
tions of iis cbannet, the dry stones lay liko aara- 
lieach. They had been swept from the hill* in 
the torrents of its autumnal fury. The fish did 
not rise, for the lieot mode ihem languid. Ne 
Trees sliclicred ihcm from Ihc rnj-s of tho sun. 
Iloih above and below, the bnnlts were rugged, 
and the torrent strong ; but at this |iart lliu 
■■ream flowed through level fields, llera nnd 
■hens a large piece liad cracked off and fallen 
from the bank, lo bo swept away in the next 
fiood : but mennlimo Ike grass was growing on 
it, greener than anywhere else. The corn would 
como close lo Iho water's edge and again aweep 
away to mnko room for cattle and shoop; oinl 
here nnd there « field of red cloier lay werering 
liclwocn thadow and shine. She went np a long 
way, nn I ilicn crossing some fields, came to tho 



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church-yard. She did not know her father's 
^rave, for no stone marked the spot where he 
t:ank in this broken earthy soil. There was no 
charch : its memory eren had vanished. It 
f^emed as if the church-yard had swallowed the 
church OS the heavenly light shall one day swal- 
low the sun and the moon ; and the lake of di- 
vine fire shall swallow death and hell. She lin- 
t;cred a little, and then set out on her slow re- 
turn, often sitting down on the pebbles, sea-worn 
a^rcs before the young river had begun to play 
with them. 

Resting thus about half way home, she sang a 
song which she had found in her father's old ttong- 
book. She had said it once to Alec and Curly, 
but they did not care much for it, and she had 
not thought of it again till now. 

** Ane by ane they gao^ awa\ 
Tlie gatlierer gatben great an* sma*. 
Ane by ane nuks ane an* a*. 

Aye whan ane is ta*en Arae ane, 
Ane on earth ij left alane, 
T«ra in heaven are knit again. 

Whan God's hairst ia in or lang, 
Golden-heldit, ripe, and thrang, 
Syne begins a better sang.'* 

She looked up, and Curly was walking through 
the brood river to wf^ero she sat. 

** I kent ye a mile aft', Annie,*' he said. 

" I *m glaid to see ye, Curly." 

**I wonncr gin yc'll bo as glaid to sec mo the 
ncist time, Annie." 

Tlicn Annie perceived that Curly looked cam- 
ncst and anxious. 

" What do ve say, Curly ?" she returned. 

*' I hardly Icon what I soy, Annie, though I 
ken what I mean. And I dinna ken what I 'm 
f;ann to say ncist, but they say the trowth will 
oot. I wiss it wad, ohn a body said it." 

•' What can be the maitter, Curlv ?" Annie 
was fsctiing frightened. ** It maun be ill news, 
or ve wadiia luik like that." 

^* I doobt it '11 be warst news to them that it 's 
nae news till." 

" Ye spcyk in riddles, Cnrly." 

He tried to laugh, but succeeded badly, and 
stood before her, with downcast eyes, poking his 
thorn-Slick into the mass of pebbles. Annie 
waited in silence, and that brought it out at last. 

** Annie, when we war at the schnle thegither, 
I wad hae gien ye ony thing. Noo I hae gienye 
a* thing, and my liert to the beet (boot) o' the 
bargain." 

'* Curly!" said Annie, and said no more, for 
she felt OS if her heart would break. 

*' I likit ye at the schule, Annie ; but noo 
there 's nacthing i' the warl but yon." 

Annie rose gently, came close to him, and lay- 
ing a hand on his arm, said — 

** I 'm richt sorrv for ve, Curlv." 

He half turned his back, was silent for a mo- 
ment, and then said coldly, but in a trembling 
voice — 

** Dinna distress yersol'. Wo cnnna help it." 

"Dnt what '11 ye'do, Curly ?" asked Annie in 
n tone full of compassionate loving-kindness, and 
wiih licr hand still on hi:* arm. *'It's sair to 
bide." 

** Gudc kens that. I maun jist warstlo thron' 
't like mony anither. I '11 awa* back to the pig- 
skin saddle I was workin at," said Curly, with a 
smile at the bitterness of his fate. 

*^ It 's no that I dinna like ye, Curly. Ye ken 



that. I wad do onv thing for ve that I cud do. 
Ye hae been a gude frien' to me." 
• And here Annie burst out crying. 

** Dinna greit. 'Vhe Lord preserve 's ! dinna 
greit. I winna say anither word aboot it. Wha'^ 
Curly that sic a' ane as you sud greit for him? 
Faith ! it 's nenrhan' as gnid as gin ye lo'ed mc. 
1 *m as prood 's a turkey-cock,*' averred Curly in 
a voice ready to break with emotion of a very 
diifercnt sort from pride. 

** It 's a sair thing that things winna gang 
richt !" said Annie at last, after many vain at- 
tempts to stop the fountain by drying the stream 
of her tears. — I believe they were the first words 
of complaint upon things in general that she ever 
uttered. ** Is 't my wvte, Cnriy ?" she added. 

** Deil a bit o' 't" cried'Cnrley. "And I beg yer 
pardon for sweirin'. Your wyte ! I was aye a 
fule. But may be," be added, brightening a lit- 
tk;, *' I micfat hae a chance — some day — some 
day far awa', ye ken, Annie ?" 

'* Na, na, Curly. Dinna think o' *t. There 's 
no chance for ye, dear Curly." 

His face flushed red as a peony. 

"Tliat lick-the-dirt 's no gaaii to gar ye mar- 
ry the colliginer?'' 

** Dinna ye be feared that I *11 marry ony body 
I dinna like. Curly." 

'* Ye dinna like him, I honp to God !" 

** I canna bide him." 

" Wecl, may be — Wba kens? I datama de- 
spair." 

** Curly, Cnrly, I mann be honestw i' yon, as ye 
hae been wi' me. Whan ance a body 's seen ane, 
they canna see anither, ye ken. Wba cud hae 
been at the schule as I was sae lang, and syne 
taen oot o' the wafer, ye ken, and sync — ?" 

Annie stopped. 

** Gin ve mean Alec Forbes — ** said Cnrlv, and 
stopped too. But presently he went on again — 
** Gin I war to come atwecn Alec Forbei and 
vou, hangin' wad be ower gude fur mc. But has 
Alee—" 

* *■ Na, nae a word. But baud yer tongue. Cur- 
ly. Ance is a* wi' me. It 's nae mony lasses 
wad hae tell't ye sic a thing. But I ken it 's 
richt. Ye 're the only ane that has my secret 
Keep it, Curlv." 

'• Like Deit h hiroser," said Curly, ** Ye art 
a braw lass." 

** Ye maunna think ill o' me. Curly. I hae 
tell't ve the trowth." 

** Jist lat me kiss yer bonnie ban*, and I '11 gang 
content." 

Wisely done or not, it was truth and tendemcfs 
that made her oflTer her lips instead. He turned 
in silence, comforted for the time, though the 
comfort would evaporate long before the trouble 
would sink. 

"Curly 1" cried Annie, and he came back. 

"I think that 's young Robert Bruce been io 
Clippcnstrae to speir efter me. Dinna lat Liui 
come farther. He 's an anoccvil fallow." 

"Gin he wins by roe, he maun hao mair 
feathers nor I hae," said Curly, and wnlked on. 

Annie followed slowly. When she saw the 
men meet, she sat down. 

Curly spoke first, as he came np. 

" A fine day, Bobbie," he said. 

Bruce made' no reply, for relations had altered 
pi nee school-days. It was an evil moment, how* 
ever, in which to cany a high chin to WiUio 



ALEC FORBliS Ul' lIUWLiLEN. 



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Maci7hm, irho m-iu out u( tcmpor wiih tho wholo 
world except Aniiio AnJcnion. Iti: BiruUe ii|> to 
the coia^Htr- 

" I s«iil it WM n Biic ilny," ho repented. 

" Well, I said noihing 'lo tho ccntrari-," aH' 
■vrtred Bmce, pulling on his Eni;1i«h. 

" It '» the cDitoni i' this connrij to nmk' whnt 
■anrer a man has the sense Xa maL' wbnri he 'n 
rpAlieii till ecevilv." 

••I considered yon uncivil." 

'■That 's jist ithAt ■ lunnie InKsic sit 
Mid Kboot jon whan ahe prajod mu no lo iai vod 
Saii|t a step nearer till her." 

Curly found it nt the nminent pnnreitlarlj' 
ni^eeidilo to quarrel. Moreovor he Imd always 
disliked Bruce, and now baled him because Atinic 
bad complained of him. 

"I have ■« much right lowalk here a* you or 
cny ona else," said Bruce. 

" May be ; hut cxen collij-lnerB doesnn aye get 
ibdr richti. Ae richt whiles rides iipo' the lap o' 
ftnitlier. And Annie AnilDrton has a rielit i>o to 
be dislarbil, Hhao liar uncle, huncBt man, '* pax 
Ijin' waitin' for '■ coffin i' tUe house vonncr." 

*■ I 'm her cousin. " 

" It '« sma" comfort ony o' yer brcoil c\tt broeht 
ber. Cousin or no. re slinnna ganz near her." 

"I'll go nhere 1 plans?," said Bruce, moving 

C<n^7 moTcd riglit in fmnt of him. 

"By me ye iliaunaKaii);. I hao liekityc afore 
RiFboin'ill till licr ; and I nil] again gin ye gunj; 
NtfepnearfTtill her. Sliedncsna naniye. Faith 
I will! ^nt I >vad mlliier no fecht afbre her. 
ftwjist come luiek to iho toon wi' me, and wo 'li 
MT one tnair about it." 
"'Tl! see yon damned !" said Brncc. 

" May be ye may, bein' ilkly to arrive at the 
«pM lint. But i" the menu time, pn ye dinna 

■ndwo'lljist siitllo nH'huu'nha's the test man 



" 'Deed may be, laddie," amd George ; adding 
to himself, "Tliat manu liac been Aniiie Andcr* 
son — nae ithor." 

He wni particularly nttenlivc and yielding to 
Willie during bis shui^ visit, and Willie under- 
Had Annie been compelled, by anrevil cbanee. 
In return to the garret over Hubert brace's siiop, 
; she would not indeed have foand the holca id 
I Iho Hon " 



3iir1i Gbimcrton that she 



I won't move a *icp In please you or any one 
'retarncd Brure. lie saw that his safely 
in heetiing within sight of Annie. 

Curly saw on hii' fiart that, a few ste|« nearer 
to whcra Annie sat. the path led behind a stunted 
aah-tree. So licneppiylasideiviihthoproverb— 

" He that will lo Coupar, maun to Conpar." 

Without deigning a word, Bruce walked 
fall of pride, concluding that Curlv's heart hud 
failed him. But llio moment he wki behind the 
iree, Cnrly met him from the other aide of ii. 
TfaBnBmco'a anger, if not his courage, rose, and 
with an oath, be pushed against him to pass. 
Bat the sensation he instantly felt in hit nose aa- 
tonlshed him ; and the blood beginning to flow 
oowod him at once. Ho put his handkerchief lo 
Ids face, turned, and walked back to Glamorion. 
Cnrly followed him at a few yards' distance, re- 
gretting that he had showed tho white feather ao 
Mon, as, otherwise, ho would have had ibo plcns- 
cra of ihrasblng him properly. He saw blm 
fafo [n At (he back door, and then went to his 
uwn father's shop. 

After a short greeting, tctt short on Curly's 
part— 

■■Hoot! Willie." said bis father, "what ■« 
ye? Ye laik as gin aorno hua bud 



•old MS to . .. 

" Some lasgeg' no \ bolter 
fitiher." 



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CIIAITEK LXXSm. 
TiioHAS Cray's conversation with Kir. Cup- 
ptes deepened both hii annoyance and his grii-f 
at the membership of Robert Bruce. What was 
the use of a church if such men as be gut into it. 
and, havinn got In, could not bo got out ? llnd 
he been guilty ofnny opcn./unA, snch as gelling 
drunk, for one solitary and nccidontal iiistaneo 
of which they had exelnded one of their besi and 

tn rest- minded men. they could have got rid of 
im with comparaiiro oaic ; hut who su free of 
fault Bi Bruce? True, he was guiliy of Ihe crime 
of overreaching whenever he had a chance, and 
of cheating wlioD there was no rbk of being 
found onl — al least so orery body bcliCTcd — but 
he had no faults. The duty, therefore, that kj 
upon ei-ery member, next to the clcannem of bu 
own garments — that of keeping the eliurcb pan 
and unapalted — was hard to folflll, and no one 
was ready to undertake it but Thomas Crann. 
>'or what a spot was lierc ! And Thomas knew 
his Lord's will. 

Neilherwaa the duty aonnpieaaantloThomi 
oppoaitivc nature, as it trould hare been to 
of easier temperament. 

"JcamoaJohnitonc,''heEaid, "the kirk mi 
nae progress. It 's no a« i' the lime o' the apo*>^ 
ties, whan tlie saved war added till 'I daily." 

■■ Weel, ye see,'' returned Jamra', " that wai.. 
oar kirk cxackly j and it watna Mr. TumbtdT 
that waa ihe held ff 't." 

"Ii'na' theaame. Tbeprcneiplu'a thei 
I An' Mr. Tnmball prniches the annie goapel 
Feier and Paul praicfaed, and wi' unction too. 
And yet hero's ilic congregation dwln'liu' awa', 
and ihc church Itacl' like naetbing but boea eflur 
the hruusinnc. I my there 'a an Ahehan I'tbo 
cam]i — n Jnnah i' the vouei — a son o'Saal I'llw 
kingdom u' Duwvid— a Judos amo' the Iwal'— 

" Hoots ! Thnraas Crnnn ; ye 're no jrfttin' a' 
thao gran' names npo' that puir fccklcai body, 
Itob Bruce, are ya?" 

" He '» nana feckleaa for Ihe doeril's iraik or 
for his aiu, which is ae thing and the same, dot 
lie mann gang, gin wo Ink' him by ilio scruff o' 
the neck and tho doup o' iho hroeks." 

"Diana jein.Thamns, about sic a dangeron 
thing," said James, mildly glad of ona *olitatT))|V 
portiinity of rebuking ilic granite-minded muon. 

"Jeiatt 1 'm far enenoh frao Jeixin'. If* 
dinoa ken fervor frae jokin', Jenme* Johnalont.''^ 

"Ho inichi tak'the law u|>o"i'forderan: 
'a tharacter; and that wad bo an awfa' thing 1 
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'*Aje t>i'. '^ame thing ower again, Jciimes! 
Shy at a sienc, and fa' into tlie stank (ditch). 
That *8 the pairt o* a colt and no o* a Christian." 

*' Bpt arena ive tellt to bo wise as serpents ?" 

<* Ye wad tak* a heap o* tellin* upo* that heid, 
Jcamed.'* 

*' Ow, 'deed ay ! And I*m no my lane, Tham- 
as. But we are tellt that." 

*' The serpent turned oot an ill cooncellor upon 
ae occasion owcr well to be remembert by Adam's 
race." 

** The words stan* as I say," persisted James. 

'* Ye 're no to mak* the serpent yer cooncellor, 
mnn. But ance ye ken yer duty, ye may weel 
tak' example by him hoo to carry 't oot. Did 
ye ever see an odder lyin* ower a stane as pin he 
was nactliinp^ but a stick himscl*, bidin' 's time ? 
Tliat 8 me, i' the Scriptnr' sense. I 'm only bidin' 
till I see lioo. A body roaunna do ill that gcde 
may come, though wow ! it 's a sair temptation 
whiles; neither maun a body ncglcc to do richt 
for fear that ill may follow." 

''Ay, true that. But ye needna bum tho 
boose to rid tho rottans. I doot yo '11 get 's a* 
into ower lict water ; and a body needna tak' tho 
skin off for the sake o' cleanliness. Jist tak* ye 
tent (care, attention), Thamas, whatyo 're aboot." 

Having thus persisted in opposing Thomas to 
a degree lie had never dared before, James took 
his departure, pursued by the words — 

** Tak* ye care, Jeames, that in savin* the richt 
lian' ye dinna send the haill body to hell. It 
was aye yer danger. I never got bauld coonsel 
frac ye yet." 

•' There 's mair vertnes i' the Bible nor cour- 
age, Thamas, "retorted James, holding the outer 
door open to tlirow the sentence in, and shutting 
it instantly to escape with the last word. 

Thomajs abandoned to his own i-csources, 
meditated long and painfully. But all he could 
arrive at was the resolution to have another talk 
with Mr. Cupples. He might not be a Christian 
man, but ho was an honest and trustworthy man, 
and might be able, from his scholarship, to give 
him some counsel. So he walked to Howglcu 
the next dnv, and found him with Alec in the 
liarvest-ficUl. And Alec's reception of Thomas 
showed what a fine thing illness is for bringing 
people to their right minds. 

Mr. Cnpplcs walked aside with Thomas, and 
they seated themselves on two golden sheaves 
ut the foot of a stook. 

** What ye said to me the ithcr day, sif,'* began 
Tliomas, *' has stucken fcst i' my crap, ever sin' 
syne. Wo maun hae him oot." 

'* Na, na ; ye better lat him sit He '11 hand 
doon yer pride. That man 's a judgment on ye 
for wnntin* to bo better nor yer nccbors. Dinna 
try to win free o' judgment. But I '11 tell ye 
what I wad hae yo do : Mak muckle o' 'm. Gie 
him tether encuch. He '11 gang frae ill to waur, 
ye may depen-'. Ho '11 steal or a' be dune. 

" To the best o' my belief, sir, that 's no to come. 
He 's stolen already, or I 'm sair mista'en." 

** Ay ! Can yo pruv that ? That 's anithcr 
maitter," returned Cupples, beginning to be in- 
terested. 

** I dinna ken whether I oucht to hae mention- 
ed it to ane that wasna a member, though ; but it 
jist cam oot o' 'tsel' like." 

"Sae the fac* that a man 's a mcmbor wha 's 
warst crime mar be that be is a member, maks 



him sic precious gear that he mannna be medUlet 
wi' i' the presence o' an honest man, wha, thank 
God, has neither pairt nor lot in ony sic maitter?" 

*' Dinna be angry, Mr. Cupples. I '11 tell yc 
a' aboot it," pleaded Thomas, than who no man 
could better recognize good sense. 

But the Cosmo Cupples who thns attract<d 
the confidence of Thomas Crann was a very dif. 
ferent man from the Cosmo Capples whom fir-t 
Alec Forbes went to the garret to see at hi^ 
landlady's suggestion. All the flabbiness had 
passed from his face, and his eyes shone clearer 
than ever from a clear complexion. His mouth 
still gave a first impression of unsteadiness ; no 
longer, however, from the formlessness of tho 
loose lips, but from the continual flickering of a 
nascent smile that rippled their oatline with 
long wavy motions of evanescent hnmor. His 
dress was still careless, hot no longer neglected, 
and his hand was as steady as a rifleman's. 

Nor had he found it so hard to conquer his 
fearful habit as even he had expected; for with 
every week passed in bitter abstinence, some new 
well wonld break from the rich soil of his in- 
tellect, and irrigate with its sweet waters the 
parched border-land between his physical an<l 
psychical being. And when he had once again 
betaken himself to the forsaken pen, there was 
little reason to fear a relapse or doubt a finnl 
victor}'. A playful humanity radiated from him, 
the result of that powerfullest of all rcstoraiivcv 
— ^vinff of what one has to him who has not. 
Indeed his reformation had begnn with this. St. 
Paul taught a thief to labor, that he might have 
to give : Love taught Mr. Cnpplcs to flcny him- 
self that he might rescue his friend ; and pres- 
ently he had found his feet touching the rock. If 
he had not yet learned to look ''straight up to 
heaven," his e^'es wandered not nnfrequently 
toward that spiritual horizon upon which things 
earthly and things heavenly meet and embrace. 

To such a Cosmo Cupples, then, Thomas told 
the stoiy of Annie Anderson's five-pound note. 
As he spoke, Cnppk*s was tormented as with tho 
flitting phantom of a lialf-forgottcn dream. All 
at once, light flashed upon him. 

" And sae what am I to do?" asked Thomas 
as he finished his tale.— ^" I can pruv naethtng: 
but I 'm certain i' my ain min', kcnnin the man's 
nater, that it was that note he tuik oot o* the 
Bible." 

" I 'II pnt the proof o* that same into yer lianV. 
or I *m sair mista'en," said Mr. Cnpplcs. 

"You, Mr. Cupples?" 

^^Aj me, Mr. Crann. But may be ye wadna 
tak proof frae sic a sinner against sic a sanct. 
Sae ye may keen yer uanct i* ver holv boasom. •* 

*' Dinna gang on that gait, Mr. Cnpplcs. Gin 
ye can direc* me to the purification o' our wee bit 
temple, I 'II hearken heumbly. I only wiss ye 
war ane o' us." 

" I *11 bide till ye hae gotten rid o* Bruce, ony 
gait. — I care naething for yer sma* separatist 
kirkies. — I wonncr ye dinna pray for a clippin* 
o* nn auld sun that ve micht do withoot the t-om- 
nion day-lielit. But I do think it 's a great shame 
— tlint sic a sneak sud be i* the company o' hon- 
est fowk, as I tak* the maist o' ye to bo. Sao 
I '11 do my licst. Ye '11 hear frae* me in a day or 
twa." 

Cupples had remembered the inscription on 
the fly-leaf of the big Bible, which, nccorditig to 




ALEC FOUBES OF UOWGLEN. 



K>3 J 



VTIimum Crann, Mr. Cowie liiul eirco lo Anni< 
* ' I nuw went lo Jnmes Dow. 

" I>'iJ Annie over tell ye nboot a Bible that 
\ Hr. CowiD ga'olier, JcamoiT" 

" Ay did »!ie. I min" 'i fine." 

"Cnil yo get a hond o"tr" 

"Kb! I ditinaken. Tbo cratnr lins laid hla 
ain cleiikl npo' 't, U 'a b aad pity that Annie 's 
tiai o' the hooie, or Eho micht lioo stouii 't (tloUn 
it}.' 

" Truly, bein' her nin, she mitlit. But yo 'ro 
a kin' □' a gnairdiun till her — arena yc T' 

" Oiv 1 ny. I hnc made myscr tlint in a way ; 
but Bruce wad aye be luiklt u])On aa tlie [irojKr 

" Hao je ony hand iipo'riic lillcr?" 

"I can him sign a lawyor'n jiiiper nboot it." 

"Wcel, yo jial gang and demand the Bililc, 
lang »i" the IBM o" Anniu'ii pra|vrty. Yc ken 
li*'«bad troable aboot her kiiil (cluf), nnd cnn- 
a pt it frae ibc awallowiu' cratur'. And gin 
lio mnki any demur, jist drnp a bint a' gncin to 
tba lawyer aboot it. The like o' bim "g as fleyl 
■I a lawyer m cats al cnuld water. Get tbe Bible 
"- mann. And ye maun fcu'tlo tno direckly." 
hiw na9 a pe]icoable man, and did not much 
lb (he coinmieiion. Ciipples, ibiuking he too 
wfli a niiwlonar, lolJ Iiim tlio story. 

" Wcel,"iinid Dow, "Ini bim sic llicro. May 
ho ihey 'II hand him tttiM doin' mair miscbeof. 
'"Tinn yo jabble a Mnnk. the Mink ri""*." 

"I Ihocht yo was ano o' [hem. Ye maunna 
Ut it ooi." 

" Na, na. I b' band my tnntnc." 

'*/ caro nncibinB about ii. But tlioro 'a 
Tliamai Crann jist enlln' hla nin tiun. It '» a sin 
|0 Ut sic a mau lieu in sic dl-'ir.i'-i." 

"'Deed U'e. He's a gnda mun thni. And 
he '« beon vcrra kin' tu our Annie, Mr. Cnptilea. 
—I 'II do as yo say. Whan do yo want it ?" 

'* Thia Terra nicbt." 

SoaOBrbisdjiy'H work, which w.tshnrd enongh 
M Ulii season uf'lho year, was uvur, James Dow 
pnt on his blue Sunday coni, and s^i uflf Co the 
town. Ho found Hubert Bruce chaHering with 
,|i connliy girl ovor some bniier, for which ho 
.««Bled lo give lier less timn the markol Talnc. 
ICllta ronsod his indignation, and put him in a 
tiarit flttoT mood for an nltcreaiion. 

"I winna gic ye mair nor flrepcnce. IIoo 
mra ]ra tho day, Mr- Doo ? I tell ye it has a goo 
(fVa: yoH/)o" nceps or «)methiug waur." 

"Hoa can chat be, Mr. Bruise, al this sizion 
o' Iba year, whan thcro 'aplenty o' garss for roan 
•n' biait an' a' cTatut ?" said the girl. 

"Il 'a no for me to say boo il can bo. Tlial 
'c w> my buiinesB. Noo, Mr. Don ?" 

Bmee, whose Tery life Uy in driring bargainn, 

ludairreat dislike toanyintcrrnpiinn of cbeproc- 

Hs. Yet bo forsook the girl ns if be had aaid 

all ho liad to say, and turned to Jnmes Dow. 

For Ito wanted to gel rid of him before ronelnd- 

B his bargain wilh the girl, whose bucter he 

u determined to hove, cxen if he most pay her 

own price for iC. Like the Reere in the Canler- 

I bury Talus, who "crcr rodu ibe Jiindenst of the 

Tout," being such a rogue and inch a rogue- 

weher ihat bo conld not bear any body behind bin 

back, Brace, when abouc the business that bis soni 

red, ewliewed the presence of any third jicrson. 

'*Noo.Mr. Doo?" ho said. 

" My bniinr-o "Il kerp," re[<li;d Dow, 



" Rot ye Bee wo "re baJ7 tlie nictii, Mr, Doo." 

" Wee), 1 dinna want lo hurry ye. 
wonnor thai ye wad buy ill butter, to pIcaH onj J 
twily.evGti u bonnle Inis like that." 

" Some fowk likes tho taste o' nceps, t 
I dinna like it mysel'," answered Bniea. 
iho fac' that ncepe is no a faTorito wi' the maiat ] 
o' fowk, brings doon tbe price i' the market." 

" Nocps is neither hero nor tlicrc," laid ibo 
girl ; and caking up her basket, siic win going lo i 
leure iho shop. 

"Bidu a bit, my laB," cried Bruce, 
Diiatress wad like to see ye. Jiit gniig bcnn ilia ' 
lioose to her wi' yer banket, and tee wbai slio 
tliinka a' the butter. I may bo nrang, 70 ken." 

So saying, 1m opened the inner door and nsh- 
crcd the yonnp: woman into the kitchen. 

"Soo, Mr. Doo?" ho said once more. " Is '« 
Cobawco, or snecshin (snaj/^ or what is 

"It 'b Annio Andcnon'skistnnda' I: 

" I 'm iur)iriiied ac ye, Jeamea Doo. Tlioro "a I 
tho laado'D room up ihe scair, (It for ony princesa, I 
whonsTcr she likes to come back lill 't. But alio | 
wDs ayo a royl (n'oCovf} busie, an' a rcglnr ti 
thoroot." 

"Yo lee, Itob Bruec,''cxr1aimed Dow, sn 
prised out (if bis propriecios. '•WlinoTcr yo say I 
thotlill, dinna any 't Come," _ ' 

Bruce was any ibing 1>ut a qitnrre1»omo ir 
with other than bis inferiorf. llo pocketed Iha 
lie Toiy calmly. 

" Dinna lowse Tcr temper, Mr. Doo. It 't 
a aair fou't Hint." ' ' 

" Jist TO deliver np the bnim't cITccktiOt 
gnnj to lliem that '11 gar ye." 

"Wbamiehithatbo, Mr. Doo 7" naked Brnec, 
wishing Unit to find out how far Dow wasprciiared 
to go. 



ilno je nnj ri 



to tnV ihcn awa'7 IIoo 

Wool, I b' awn" doon to Mr.Gibb. and wo '11 
aee what can be dune there. It *s wecl kenl owera' 
Glamerton, Mr. Bruce, in what mninner yon and 
yerhaillbooscbaeborne^erselslo chat orphan las- 
sie ; and I '11 gang into ilka chop, ns I gniic doon 
iho street, that ia, whanr 1 'm acquanC and I '11 
Jist tell them wbaur I 'm goun, and what fur." 
Tho thing which beyond all ot bera Bruco drood- 

" lIootBlJeamos Doo, ye dinna ken jokin' frne 
jcistin'. I ncTcr was ihe man la set mysel' i' tho 
face o' ony thina rirzonable. But yo soo It wad 
lie cast np In the haill a' '■ thai wc had driren 
the piiir laxsie cot 0' tlio boose, and syne Bung 
her things cfler her." 

" The lane ye hao dune. Tlio titber ye ibftn* 
na do, fur I 'II uk' thorn. And I '11 loll yc what 
fowk 'II any gin yo dinna pio np tho Ibinga. 
They 'llsay'lhnt ye bailhdrave her nwa' nnd keep- 
it lior bit duds. 1 11 Bee to ihat— ori(i»ioiV>iijt" 

Bruce nnderscood that ho referred to Aoulo'a 
money. Ilia object in refusing to gire up her 
box hod been to retain ai long na poauble a 
chance of pennading her lo telum to his honaa ; 
for shoald ahe leato it finally, bor frlonds might 
demand the interoat in money, which at preaenl 
bound to pay only in aliment and slielMr, 
liicte ofciihcr of which sbo required at bia handa, 
But bore wna n greater danger atilL 



1 



15C 



ALEC FOUDES OF IIOWGLEN. 



4t 



Motlicr," he cried, '* pit up Miss Anderson's 
cliics in lier box, to gang wi' the carrier the 



mom 8 mornin*." 



** I '11 tak' them wi* me,** said Dow resolutely. 

**Yocannn. Ye haena a cairt.** 

** Yc get them pitten up, and I 'II fess a bar- 
row,** said James, leaving the shop. 

lie borrowed a wheel-barrow from Thomas 
Cninn, and found the box ready for him when he 
returned. The moment he lifted it, he was cer- 
min from tlio weight of the poor little property, 
that the Biblo was not there. 

** Yc haena pitten in Mr. Cooie's Bible." 

" Mother ! did ye pit in the Bible ?'* cried 
Bruce, for the house door was open. 

** 'Deed no, father. It 's Ixxttcr whaur *t is,** 
raid Mrs. Bruce from the kitchen, with shrill re- 
FI»on««o. 

** Ye SCO, Mr. Doo, tlio Biblo *s lain sue lang 
there, thnt it*sji8toor ain. And the lassie can- 
na want it till she lins a fuimilv to liao worehip 
wi*. And syne she s'be welcome to tak' it.** 

** Ye gang up the stair for the buik, or I 'U 
gang mysel'.*' 

Bruce went and fetched it, with a bnd grace 
enough, and handed over with it the lust tatter- 
ed remnants of his respectability into the hands 
of James Dow. 

Mr. Cnpplcs, havinp; made a translation of the 
in!)cription, took it to Thomas Cninn. 

"Do yo min' what Bnice read thnt nicht vo 
saw him tak' something oot o* the bcuk?** Lo 
oiikcd OS he entered. 

"Ay, wecl that. He bsgan wi* the twenty-third 
])salm, and gacd on to the neist.*' 

" Weel, read that. I faun* *t on a blank leaf 
o* the buik." 

Thomas read — " Ooer the twenty-third psaim 
of Lkivid I hare htid ajive-jtound note for wy dear 
Annie Anderson^ after wy iUaUi' — and lifting his 
eyes, stared nt Mr. Cupjilcs, his face slowly 
brightening with satisfaction. Then a cloud 
cnme over hi« brow — for was ho not rejoicing in 
iniquity? At least ho was rejoicing in coming 
shame. 

" Uoo cud it line been,'* he asked after a brief 
pause, " that Bnice didna fa* upo* this, as weel *s 
you, Mr. Cnpples, or didna scart it oot ?** 

" *Cause *t was %vriiien in Latin. The body 
liadna the wit to misdoobt the contents o* *t. It 
f«fiid naething till him, and he never thoucht it 
cud say ony thing aboot him.*' 

" It *s a fine tiling to bo a scholar, Mr. Cup- 
pies.'* 

"Ay, whiles.*' 

"They say the Miss Cowies arc great schol- 



Robcrt went on buying and selling and getting 
gain, all unaware of the pit be hml digged fur 
himself. 



»» 



ors. 

"Verra likly. — But there *8 oo thing mair I 
wad put ye up* till. Can ye tell the day o' the 
month that ye gacd hamo wi' yer prayin' frien* ?'* 

"It was the nicht o* a special prayer-meetin* 
for the state o' Glamerton. I can fin* oot the 
date frae the kirk-bniks. What am I to do wi' 't 
whan I hac *t, sir?" 

" Gang to the bank the body deals wi*, and 
ppier whether a note beirin' the nutnmer o' thao 
figures was paid intil *t upo* the Monday follow - 
in* that Sunday, and wha paid it. They '11 tell 
ye that at ancc." 

But for various rcasonf*, which it is needless 
to give in this history, Thomas was compelled 
to postpone the execution of his project. And 



CHAPTER LXXXIV. 

One Sunday morning Mr. Cnpples was rctorn- 
ing from church with Alec. 

** Ye likit the sermon the dav, Mr. Cupples." 

" What gars ye think that?" 

" I saw ye takin* notes a* the time." 

" Gleg-eed mole !" said Mr. Cupples. " Luik 
at the notes as ye ca* them. 

" Eh ! it *8 a sang!** exclaimed Alec with de- 
light. 

" What end gar yo think I likit sic harers ? 
The crater was preachin* till *8 ain shaidow. And 
he pat me into sic an unchristian temper o* disliko 
to him and a* the concern, that I ran to my city o' 
refuge. I never gang to the kirk wi'oot it^I 
mean my pocket-buik. And I tried to gie birth 
till a sang, the qnhilk, like Jore, I conceived i* my 
held last nicht." 

"Lat mo luik at it,** said Alec, eagerly. 

"Na,ye wadna mak' either rhyme or rizzon 
o* *t as it Stan's. I *11 read it to ye." 

" Come and sit doon, than, on the ither side o* 
the dyke.** 

A dyke in Scotland is an earthen fence — to my 
prejudiced mind, the ideal of fences ; because, 
for one thing, it never keeps any body ont. And 
not to speak of the wild bees* bykes in them, with 
their iriexpres.«ible honey, like that of Mount 
Ilymettns — to the rcroH'cction of the man, at 
least — they are covered with grass, and wild flow- 
ers grow all about them, through which the 
wind harps and carps over your head, filling your 
sense wiih the odors of a little modest yellow 
tufty flower, for which I never heard a name 
in Scotland: the English call it Ladies* Bed- 
straw. 

They got over the dyke into the field and fat 
down. 

"Yo see it's no lickit cneuch yet,**.«;nid Mr. 
Cupples, and began. 

^* O lassie, ayoni the hill I 

Conne ower the tap o* the hill ; 
Or roun* the neuk o* the hill ; 
For I want ye sair the niclit. 
I *in needin* ye sair the nidit, 
For I *in tired and sick o* m jtcI'. 
A body*B ml* *8 the lairest wdcht 

lanie, eome ower the liUL 

Gin a body cud he a thodit o* graces 
And no a m'1* ava ! 

1 *m sick o' tuy heid and my lian*s and my fcco, 
And my thonchts and rovsd* and a*. 

I *m sick o* the warl* and a*; 
The llclit gnnga by wi* a hin; 

Fur thrott* my e^n the sunbeama fa*. 
But my woary hert they mifls. 

O laasie, ayont the hm I 
Conio ower the tap o* the hiU, 
( H" roun* tlie neuk o* the liill. 
For I want ye aair the nidiL 

For g^n nnco I mw yer bonnie held, 

And the sun-Iicht o' yer Iiair, 
Tlie ghaint o* myael* wm fa* doon dcid. 

And I *d be mysel* nae mair. 

I wad be myseP nae mair, 
Filled o* the sole raneid, 

Slain by the arrows 0* licht frac yer hair. 
Killed by yer txidy and heid. 

O hMsie, ayont the hill ! etc. 

But |i^n ye Io*cd roe, ever so sma*, 
For the sake o* my bonny dame, 



^^ 



ALEC FUltUElS OF llOWGLEN. 



13T 1 



AnaKlB-uplMhald. 
^11 I lara torn Iba cUn Ih 



lit tcf *v1 Tulab, Bhol IhTDiiirb nad Ibnt 
lIT the thine •/ jonr ihiuit »>'- 

Br •*« DdU uiMla jm' >>™< 

I Tad dta W inyid', uhI Tins nir U.U, 
AbI onlr It** In 700. 



was in a piiUble conili.iun, onil inilccil nerer 
lectured ■gun. 

Alec no more fm|itenlcd liia old ilismal haunt 
by the un-sliorc. The C17 of lbs drowning piri 
ironld not linve come to liim na it would to ibe 
linclr Ticrvoui constllnlion of Mr. Cappld ; 
ha crv of a sen^Bull, or tbo nub i^ Iho 
_ -I, or crcn ihe wind acros tiio lops of IIm 
■and liilln. would liara been enoDnii tu make bin 



■ee in erery ci 



Irfam' Uw DnkoTthB I 



"Iroaitraithcrmctapliccsieal, Ur. Cii[)plc»7" 
mAoi Alec. 

•' At ia't. But fuwlt ^lI^3tapbeEs■Lcnl. True, 
ihty (UnQS aye ken't. I wnd tu God I ciid c<^t 
■bat wl' a' mina «afe ancalh lli« yird, for it jixt 
liimicttU tbc life oot o' mo \vi' its ugt; face. Ilit 
and aoc ji*! nan's an'ginu at ana nnilhcr." 

** It "11 lak' a heap o" Chriaiinniiy to lay liat 
lAuit, Mr. Cnpplcs. That I kca wcel. The 
Lude wadaa bo nbki to do 't for ye. It 'a ower 
(ttockto to eipcc' o' her or any mortal woman. 
Fur ibo •Off! '1 a templo biggil for iho Holy 
ChDrt, and no woman can fiU't, warsho iho Vir- 
ein Hary ower ncain. And till the Holy Ghoat 
come* intil '< aia liooic, the ghaist that ye speak 
o'<riniu's*'ie°°'-" 

A boge form towered aboro tlic dyke bchini 

"Te hod no riclit to hearken, Thomas Crann,' 
«id Mr. Capples. 

"1 bug your pardon," retorned Thomas 1 ". 
-frthoachtf'-^" *"' -— ■- ■— 



Ihe cloomi'n, the forlorn fignra uf the girl lio 
loTcd vnnistiint: From his eyes. 

Tho moro heartily ho worked, iho more did 
Ibo cril as well aa tho painful portions of liii hii- 
tho backcroand of hia 



•'But y 






ivnlk V 



"Ay; bat I'm gann 1 



r Iho liilU 
clavcr wi'yc, fur 
lute « gnid two hoon' irnirct afurc me." 
" Como hame wi' as, and hac n mou'fu' o' dcn- 

nerafuro ja eiin(r,Thomas,''nnid Alec. 

"Sa, 1 thank yc. It docs tho >owl guda to 
M a wco ac day In saiven. I hail a piece, 

llwagh, afure 1 cam'nwa'. What am I bntggin' 

»'l Glldc-day toyc." 
"That 'a nit honest man, Alec,'' sni J Ciijiplcs, 
"Ha 1^" returned Aloe. '- But he never will 

■lo Mother pDDple do." 
'Farliaps that's the I 

that he wnlba by ai 

ihooghifnlly. 

d togcthor 



h tho wind U 



a white 



crawmc n 






e like the 



s L'ft by 1 



tlnoeJ hii 



. Alee grow confident. They 
la their old (junrters. Aloe 
tions triumphantly, and con- 

with grealor vigor I'hnn before. 

Bfpecialty ho walked the hospitals with much 
*t«ealioii Hid interest, orer warned by Cupples 
to beware leii ho shoald come to regard a man 
M ■ pbytlcal mnehine, and so grow 
lorifig machine himself. 

Mr. Fmscr declined seeing liim. The old 



bad, turlud, nud gnmwful dream. 

't it true ilmt aUouT experiences will onodny 
iro in cnlire clearness of oallino and full brll- 
icy (if culor, panini: before the horrow-itruck 
1 io ilio denial of time, ond tbc asBcriioti of 
■r present eternity 7 Ifso, then God bo with 
us, fur <ve slinll need bim. 

Annie Anderson's groal-aunl look to her bed 
directly after her husband's funeral. 

Finding there was much to do about the placi<, 
Annio felt no delicacy ai to remaining. Sliu 
worked harder Ibna ever she had worked be(i>r>', 
blistered her handu, and browned her fair faio 
and neck altogether autumnally. Her aunt and 
she logelher shore (reajitd) tho liiila field of onis, 
got tlia sheaves home and made a rick of them ; 
dug up the potatoes, and corered them in a jil 
with a hiankoi of earth ; looked after the one cow 
and calfwliieh gathcrod llie grass along Iho road 
and river sides ; fed the pigs and the poultry, and 
ei-en went wiili a neighbor and bis carl lu the 
moas, to howk (Jig) their ninter store of iicnts. 
Hut ihis they found loo hard for them, and wcro 
forced to givo np. Their neighbors however, 
provided Ihcir fuel, as they had oflea dono in 
part for old John I'etcnon. 

llefare tho ninicr came ihci^ wasllittolcnto 
be done ; ntid Atmie saw by her aunt's looks thai 
she wanted 10 gel rid of her. Margaret Anderson 
had n chronic, eonluming sense of i-ovcrly, and 
therefore worahi[-od with her whole suiil llie 
monkey Lars of saving and vigilance. Hcnoix 
Annie, as soon as Alec was Rone, went, with tho 
simplicity belonging to her childlike nature, ta 
seo Mrs. Forbes, and relumed to Cli]>t«nstrao 
onlv to bid them good-bye. 

the bodily repose and menial activity of tlM 
ninter formed a strong contrast with her last e.-«|ie> 
riencpB. But tbo rainy, foggy, froai.v, anowy 
montlis passed nway moch us lliey hnd done b>^ 
fore, fcisierinjr, itmonB oihor hidden growth^ 
ihat of Mrs. Forbcss love for her scmi-protcge. 
whom, like Castor and I'ollin:, she rook half Iho 
veor to heaven, and sent the other half to Tar- 
tarus, One notable crcnl, however, of consider- 
able im|iortanco in its resnits to the iw'iple nf 
lIowKlen, ioi<t place ihia winter nmotig the mU- 
liunnn of Glamerton. 



I 




CHAlTTJi LXXXV. 
was Thomas Crann's noiiott of dif 1 
it could not be sniislied with iha I 
of Itoben Bruoc. Jealoitv Ibete- J 
fore, uf encroach men I on the pnrt cf miniiior ut | 



].>3 



ALEC FORBES OF IIOWGLEN. 



deacons, and op|)08cd by his friend James John- 
stone, he communicated his design to no one ; 
for ho knew that the higher powers, anxioos to 
avoid scandal wherever possible, would, instead 
of putting the hypocrite to shame as he deserved, 
merely send him a civil letter, requesting him to 
withdraw from their communion. After watch- 
ing for a fit opportunity, he resolved at length 
to make his accusation against Robert Bruce in 
person nt an approaching church meeting, at 
which, in consequence of the expected discussion 
of the question of the proper frequency of the 
administration of tlie sacrament, a full attend- 
ance of members might be expected. 

Thoy met in the chapel, which was partially 
lighted fur the occasion. The night was brilliant 
with frosty stars, as Thomas walked to the ren- 
dezvous. Ho felt tlio vigor of the season in his 
vet unsubdued limbs, but as ho watched his 
breath curling in the frosty air, and then van- 
ishing in the night, he thought how the world 
itself would pass away before the face of Him 
that sat on the great white throne ; and how the 
missionars of Glamerton would have nothing to 
say for themselves on that day, if they did not 
purify themselves on this. From the faint light 
of the stars ho passed into the dull illumination 
of the tallow candles, and took his place in si- 
lence behind their snufier, who, though half- 
witted, had vet shown intelligence and piety 
enough for admission into the community. The 
church slowly gathered, and at length Mr*. Tum^ 
bull appeared, supported by his deacons. 

After the usual preliminary devotions, in which 
Robert Bruce *' engaged,** the business of the 
meeting was solemnly introduced. The only 
part wliich Thomas Crann took in it was to ex- 
postulate with the candle-snuffer, who being vio- 
lently opposed to the wishes of the minister, and 
not daring to speak, kept grumbling in no in-< 
audible voice at evciy thing that came from that 
side of the house. 

**Hoot, Richard! it *8 Scriptur*, ye ken,** said 
Thomas, soothingly. 

** Scriptur* or no Scriptur', wo *re nae for *t,** 
growled Richard aloud, and rising, gave vent to 
his excited feelings by snuffing out and relight- 
ing every candle in its turn. 

At length the farther discussion of the ques- 
tion was postponed to the next meeting, and the 
minister was preparing to give out a hvmn, 
when Thomas Crann*8 voice arose in the dusky 
space. Mr. TnmbuU stopped to listen, and there 
fell an expectant silence; for the stone-mason 
was both reverenced and feared. It was too 
dark to see more than the dim bulk of his figure, 
but he spoke with slow emphasis, and every 
word was heard. 

** Brethren and office-beirers o* the church, it 
*s upo* discipline that I want to speak. Disci- 
pline is ane o' the main objecs for which a church 
is gathered by the speerit o* God. And we maun 
work discipleen amo* oorsels, or else the rod o* 
the Almichty '11 come doon upon a* oor backs. 
I winna baud ye frae particulars ony langer. — 
Upon a certain Sawbath nicht i' the last year, 
I gaed into Robert Bruce*s boose, to hae worship 
wi' 'm. — I 'm gnein straucht and fair to the pint 
at ance. Whan he opened the bnik, I saw liim 
slip something oot atween the leaves o* *t, and 
crunklo *t up in *s ban*, luikin his greediest. 
Syne he rend the twenty-third and fount psalms. 



I cudna help watchin* him, and whan we gacd 
down upo* oor k-nees, I luikit roon efter him, 
and saw him pit something intil 's breek -pooch. 
Weel, it stack to me. Etterhin (aftencard) I 
fand oot frae the lassie Annie Anderson, that 
the bulk was hers, that auld Mr. Cooic had gicn 
't till licr upo' *s deith-bcd, and had tell't her 
forbye that he had pitten a five-poun* note 
atween the leaves o* *t, to be her ain in remem- 
brance o* him, like. What say ye to that, Robert 
Bruce ?'* 

** It *s a* a lee,** cried Robert, out of the dark 
background under the gallery, where he always 
])Iaced himself at such meetings, '* gotten up 
atween yerscV and that nngratefu* cousin o* 
mine, Jeames Anderson*s lass, wha I hae keep it 
like ane o* my ain.** 

Bruce had been sitting trembling ; but when 
Thomas put the question, believing that be had 
heard all that Thomas had to say, and that there 
was no proof against him, he resolved at once to 
meet the accusation with a stout denial. Where- 
upon Thomas resumed — 

" Ye hear him deny *t. Wed, I hae seen the 
said Bible mysel'; and there *s this. inscription 
upo* ane o* the blank leaves o* *t: *Ovcr the 
twenty-third psalm o* David,' — ^I tell't ye that le 
read that psalm that nicht — ' Over the twenty- 
third psalm o* David, I hae laid a fivc-poun* 
note for my dear Annie Anderson, efter my 
deith !' Syne followed thp nummer o' the note, 
which I can shaw them that wants to see. Noo 
I hae the banker's word for statin* that upo' the 
very Monday momin* efter that Sunday, Bruco 
paid into the bank a fivc-poun* note o' i^at verra 
indentical nummer. Wlmt say ye to that, Robert 
Bruce?" 

A silence followed. Thomas himself broke 
it with the word? — 

** That money hv oucht to hae supposed was 
Mr. Cooie's, and returned it till *s dochters. But 
he pays 't intil *s ain accoont. Ca' ye na that 
a breach o* the cicht commandment, Robert 
Bruce ?** 

But now Robert Bruce rose. And he spoke 
with solemnity and pathos. 

** It 's a sair thing, cirs, that amo' Christians, 
wha* ca, themsel's a chosen priesthood and a 
peculiar people, a jined member o* the same 
church should meet wl* sic ill-guideship as I hae 
met wi* at the han*s o' Mr. Crann. To say nae- 
thing o' his no bein* ashamed to confess* bein* 
sic a heepocreet i* the sicht o* God as to luik ' 
aboot him upon his k-necs, lyin* in wait for a man 
to do him hurt when he pretendit to bo wpr- 
shipin* wi* him afore the Lord his Maker, to say 
naething o* that which I wadna hae expeckit o' 
him, ho gangs aboot for auchteen months con- 
trivin* to bring that man to disgrace because ho 
dauma mak* sic a strong profession as he mak's 
liimser. But the warst o* 't a* is that he be- 
guiles a young thochtless bairn, wha has been 
the cause o' muckle discomfort in oor hoose, to 
jine him i* the plot. It *s true eneuch that I took 
the bank-note fra the Bible, whilk was a vcrrn 
unshuitable place to put the unrichteous mam- 
mon intil, and min's me upo* the money-chang- 
ers i* the temple ; and it *s true that I paid it in- 
to the bank the neist day — ** 

"What gnrred ye deny't than?'* interrupted 
Thomna. 

**Bitlc a wee, Mr. Crann, and caw canny. 



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bmn liearkcTieil till wroot inlerrupti 

nnd I mnun Iioe fair piny here, what ever I get 

jcracl'. I didna deny Ihe fac. Wha could 

ilcDj K fac ? liat I denied a' iha liaill affair i' 

Iho licht o' wickedness and Ihievin' ihat Mr. 

Crann Tens ciulin' tipo' 'I. /sarrlhaE inscripiion 

nnJ read il nl' my ain een Lho vcrrs day ihe laa- 

brctchi the beuk, and konncd b> weel 'i Mr. 

Crana Ihac llio siUcr ivnsna to be tacn hame 

nxain. Bat I aaid to rnvsol'; ' It '11 larn tlie 

liuaie'i hcjd. and ihe '11 jisi fling it awa' in mar' 

lock* (crumbii) Bpo' sweetios, and plunkr, nnd 

tic Ubc,' fur lho wn> aye greedy, 'sae I'll jiM 

|ill ll into ihe bank wi' my aini and accoonl fur 'c 

eflor^in wi' ihe lave o' her bit liller whnn I gie 

up inlil her ain hnn'n. Noo. Mr. Croaii 1" 

c ml down, and Mr. TumbuU rose. 

My Chrinian brethren," ho laid, " It snairn 

ic thai thli is not (he proper place lo iliocuas 

raeh a qnestion. It Eeem* to me likoiFwe ill- 

jnilgsd of Mr. Crann to make Bacb an accoja- 

lion In public against Mr. Bruce, who, I 



r.Iias n 



it with a 



.elf-re 



It and n aclf- 



crcditnblQ to him, nnd has 
■wercd il in a rery laiisfjtiory manuor. The 
hundredth psalm." 

"llooly and fairly, sir," exclaimed Tlioman, 
forcecting his manners in his eat^rncH. "I 
(iftona done yet. And whaar vad bo tlie place 
to disciiss sic a qacstion but afore a mGCtio' o' 
tlwehnrcli? Ca' ye that tha public, sir? Wosna 
the ohnrch inilituts for liio aake a' diaciplMn? 
Bie things are no to b: ironed oot in a hole an' 
m comor, alwecn yon and the dcyeons, sir. 
Tbeybelanf-tothehBillbody. We'rea' wrangcd 
ihMither, and the Holy Ghost, ivhnso temple we 
ma be, is wrnnged forby. You at least miebi 
, air, ihnt he's withdrawn Ilia presence frao 
OOr mids', and vrc ate but ■ candle under a bnsh- 
Ol^ nad not a city set upon a hill. We belr 
«o witMtt. And the cause o' his diiptccaur' is 
|ha aeenrsed thing wliich the Aliclian in oor 
«Mnp has hidden i' the Coonly Bank, forby 
monyilher causes that came hnmo to its a'. Ami 
lbs wart' jilt teofti at oor profession o' religion 
'ban it sees sic a man as ibat in oor mida'." 

"All ihii is nothing tothopoint, Mr. Crann," 
>iJ Mr. TumbuU in displeasure. 
'* It 'i to (he Terra bert o' the pint." rDlnmcd 
. :qnnlly displeased. "Gin RobortBrnco 
tbn inscription the day the laisio bronchi 
MBO lbs bnik, will ha tell me hoo it was that 
• ewa' to hui' ihe note i' the bulk till that 8aw- 
ksth nlehi ?" 

»* I lalkit fur '1. but I cndna fin' 't, and thocht 
lie had tae'n 't ooi upu' the rond hainc." 

"Cndna yo fin' the twenty-third psalm? — 

Int Jist ain thine mair, Mr. Tumball, and syno 

II baud my tangne," rosomed Thomas — 

' JotiiMt Johnstone, will ye rin ower to my lioose, 

■d fcai the Bible ? It 's lyin npn' the drawers. 

Ta cnwa misiak' it. — Ji«t~ hno patience till he 

MBBi back, sir, and we'll see hoo Mr. Itrucell 

e*tl the Inscription. I wad hae made noihing o' 

*t, gta it hadna been for a fticn' a' mine, ttui 

"V. Brooe is aKholor. an"Il read llieUitin lill'-." 

By thi* time James Johnstone was acrosl the 

[«et. 

*' There 's some fool play in this," cried Bmci", 
It of the darkness. "My enemy maun sen' 
4^ Ml ootlondiih speech an^ n liciulicii tongue, 
aae □' the brethren :" 



Profound silence fultowed. Ail sat cxpoctaDi, 
The snuff of tho candles gruw longer and longer. 
Even the enereetle Ricliard, who had oiipiwcd 
the Scripture single-handed, forgot his duty in 
the absorbing interest of tho moment. Every 
ear was listening for tho footsteps of tho relum- 
ing ircarer, briuginf* the Bible of the pnrisli-rlcr- 
gyman into the half unhallowed prcelncta of a 
tonvenliclc. At a slight motion of one of the 
doors, an nudiblo start of oxpectaiJon broke like 
■n electric spark from theslIU people. But noih- 
ine ciimo of it. They had to wait full fiio min- 
iit.~» yet before the iscasenger returned, bearins 
ilie hir^c volume in both handsin front of him. 

"■fht' the buik up to Mr. Tambull, Joanifs, 
and siiutr his can'les," said Thomas, 

Jnrnes took tiie snuffers, but Richard alartcd 
up, ■nniched them from htm, nnd performed the 
o|H;rnliun himself with his usual snccesa. 

The book being laid on the desk before Mr, 
Turnbull, Thomas called out into tita back re- 
gion (rfilie cliapol — 

" Noo, Robert Bruee, come forci, an fln' out 
tliii inscription that ye ken a' aboot sne wcil. 
.ind rend it lo the chnrch, ilint ihcy may see 
wluit II scholar ihoy luiQ amo' them.'' 

But I here was neither voire nor hearine. 

After a panic, Mr. Tumbnll spoke. 

" Mr. Brace, we're waiting for you," he said. 
" Do not be afraid. Yon shall have justice.'' 

A dead silence followed the appeal. Presently 
some of thoao fnrthcal back — they were women 
in hooded cloaks and matdici — spoko in scarce 
audible voices. 

"He's DO here, sir. Wc canna see him," 
(bey said. 

'i'hc minister could nni diciingnish their words. 

" No here !" cried Thomas, wbo, deaf as ho 
WBM, had hoard them. ■' He was here a mliinic 
ago 1 His conscience has sp<iken at Insl. lis 's 
fa'en doon, like Ananias, i' tlie seat." 

Richard snatched a candle out of the cnndcta. 
bnim, and went to look. Olhcrs followed aim- 
ilurly provided. They searched lUe jtw whero 
he had liecn Bitting, and tho neighboring )<ew<, 
nnd tho wliulu cbnpcl, but he wni nowhere to bo 
found. 

" Tlint wad hoo been him, whan I heard the 
door liaiii;," Lbcy said lo each oilier at length. 

And BO it wns. For perceiving how lio had 
conimictcd himself, he iind slipped down in the 
pew, crawled on nil fours to the door, and ^i 
out (if the |ilace nnsusprcled. 

A formal sentence of expulsion was passed 
npan him by a show of hnnds, and the word A'>- 
l^Ud was written against his name in lho list of 
elm rch-mem Ian, 

"Thomas Crnnn, will von engage inpmyerT" 
said Mr. TumbuU. 

"Na,naethonicht,"nnswcredThotnB». "I'm 
like ane under tho aultl law that had been bury- 
in' (he dcid. 1 hae been doin' nccessar' hut foul 
WBrk, and 1' m defiled in consequence, I 'm no 
in a richt spcerit to pray in public. 1 maun 
awa' hame lo my prayers. I honp I mayna da 
something mysct' nfore Ung that 'II mak' il'neecs- 
' for je to dismiss me tieisi. Bat gin Ihnt 



meeting separated in n stale of considerable ox- 
citomcnl. Thomas hulf expcded to hear of ai 
action fur libel, but Iloben know bettor thmm 



I 
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turo Qpon that. Besides, no damages could be 
got out of Thomas. 

When Bruce was once outside the chape], ho 
assumed the erect posture to wliich his claim 
was entirely one of speeies, and went homo by 
circuitous ways. Ho found the shop still open, 
attended by his wife. 

" I'reserve 's, liobert I what '» come owcr ye ?" 
she exclaimed. 

'* 1 had sic a sair heid (headadie)^ I was forced 
to come oot afore a' was dune," ho answered. 
** I dinna think I '11 gang ony mair, for they din- 
na conduc' things a*thegither to my likiiV. I 
winna fash mair wi* them.*' 

His wife looked at him anxiously, perhaps 
with some vague suspicion of the truth ; but shd 
said nothing, and I do not bclieye the matter 
was ever alluded to between them. The only 
indications remaining the next day of what he 
had gone through that evening, consisted in an 
increase of suavity toward his grown customers, 
and of acerbity toward the children who were 
unfortunate enough to enter his shop. 

Of the two, however, perhaps Thomas Crann 
was the more unhappy as he went home that 
night He fielt nothing of the elation which 
commonly springs from success in a cherished 
project. He had been the promoter and agent 
in the downfall of another man, and although the 
fall was a just one, and it was better too for the 
man to be down than standing on a false pedes- 
tal, Thomas could not help feeling the reaction 
of a feIlow-creaturc*s humiliation. Now that the 
thing was done, and the end gained, the eternal 
brotherhood asserted itself, and Thomas pitied 
Bruce and mourned over him. He must be to 
him henceforth as a heathen man and a publican, 
nnd he was sorry for him. ** Ye see," ho said 
to himself, '* it 's no like a slip or a sin ; but an 
evil disease cleaveth fast unto him, and there *s 
sma* chance o' him ever repentin* noo. AHhing 
has been dune for him that can be dune.*' 

Yet Thomas worshiped a God, who, if the 
theories Thomas held were correct, could at once, 
l>y a free gift of the Holy Spirit, generate repent- 
ance in Bruce, and so make him fit for salvation ; 
but who, Thomas believed, would not do so — at 
nil events, mitjhl not do so — keeping him alive 
forever in howling unbelief instead. 

Scarcely any of the "members" henceforth sa- 
luted Bruce in the street. None of them traded 
with him, except two or three who owed him a 
few shillings, and could not pay him. And the 
modifying eff«;ct upon the week*s returns was 
very perceptible. This was the only form in 
which a recognizable vengeance could have 
reached him. To escape from it, he had serious 
thoughts of leaving the place, and setting up in 
some remote village. 



CUAPTER LXXXVI. 

Notwithstanding Alec*s diligence and the 
genial companionship of Mr. Cupples — whether 
the death of Kate, or his own illness, or the reac- 
tion of shame after his sojourn in the tents of 
wickedness, had opened dark visions of the world 
of reality lying in awful tmknownnest around the 
life he seemed to know, I can not te]1,^-eoId 
isolations would suddenly seize upon him, where- 



in ho would ask himself — that oracular cavj in 
which one hears a thousand questions before one 
reply — " What is the use of it all — this study 
and labor V* And he interpreted the silence \o 
mean — '* Life is worthless. There is no glow in 
it— K>n]y a glimmer and shine at best." — Will 
my readers set this condition down as one of dis- 
ease ? If they do, I ask, * * Why should a man Ik* 
satisfied with any thing such aswasnow within the 
grasp of Alee Forbes ?" And if they reply that 
a higher ambition would have set him at peace if 
not nt rest, I only say that they would be nearer 
health if they had his disease. Pain is not mal- 
ady : it is the revelation of malady — the meeting 
and recoil between the unknown death and the 
unknown life ; thatjarof the system whereby the 
fact becomes known to the man that he is ill. 
There wns disease in Alec, but the disease did 
not lie ill his dissatisfaction. It lay in that pov- 
erty of life with which those are satisfied who 
call such discotent disease. Such disease is the 
first flicker of the aurora of a rising health. 

This state of feeling, however, was only occa- 
sional ; and a reviving interest in any thing be- 
longing to his studies, of a merry talk with Mr. 
Cupples, would dispel it for a time, jnst as a breath 
of fine air will give the sense of perfect health to 
one dying of consumption. 

But what made these questionings develop in- 
to the thorns of a more definite self-condemna- 
tion — the advanced guard sometimes of the roses 
of peace — was simply this : 

IJe had written to his mother for money to lav 
out upon superior instruments, and new chemic*al 
apparatus ; and his mother had replied sadly that 
she was unable to send it. She hinted that hU 
education had cost more than she had expected. 
She told him that she was in debt to Robert Bruce* 
and had of late been compelled to delay the pay- 
ment of its interest. She informed him also tliar, 
even under James Dow's conscientions manage- 
ment, there seemed little ground for hoping tlint 
the farm would over make a return correspond- 
ent to the large outlay his father had made up- 
on it. 

This letter stung Alec to the heart. That \iU 
mother should bo in the power of such a man os 
Bruce, was bad enough ; but that she should have 
been exposed for his sake to the indignity of re- 
questing his forbearance, seemed nnendorable. 
To despise the man was no satisfaction, the right 
and the wrong being where they were. — And 
what proportion of the expenses of last session 
had gone to his college accounts ? 

He wrote a humble letter to his mother — and 
worked still harder. For although ho could not 
make a shilling at present^ the future had ho|H) 
in it. 

Meantime Mr. Cupples, in order that he might 
bear such outward signs of inward grace as would 
appeal to the perceptions of the Senatus, got a 
new hat, and changed his shabby tail-eoat for a 
black frock. His shirt ceased to be a hypothesis 
to account for his collar, nnd became a real hypos- 
tasis, evident and clean. These signs of improve- 
ment led to inquiries on the part of the Senatus. 
nnd the result was that, before three months of 
the session were over, he was formally installed 
as librarian. His first impulse on receiving the 
good news was to rush down to Lnckio CumstieV 
and have a double tumbler. But conscience wn« 
too strong for Satan, and sent him homo to his 



ALEC FOllBES OF HOWGLEX, 



ICI 



pdpc — wliicl, il man be confcned, ho smoked 
tvrico lu much lu before Iiib refoniialion. 

Prom [be moment of bis appointment, hcKcm- 
vd lo rcgavcl Iho library as his own privnle prop- 
eitj, or, rather, as hi> own fimilT. He was gran J- 
fither to tbe books — u least & grsnilfatfaer 
■hows thai combinalioa of parent and servant 

funli manifcncd toward ibem. Mc»t of Ihcm 
Iw gKTB out eraciously ; lomcof them gnidging- 
Itr ; a fow of Ihom with mneli rclnctancc ; but all 
it them nith injunctions lo cnrc, ond special 
wnrtiiDits against forcing the backs, crumpling or 
(billing tlic leBves, and making ihnmb-mnrks. 

-' Noo," lia iTDuld say lo sonte country bejan, 
"lak'tlicbuiki'jor ban's no as gin "iwarancip 
(Ivnipi), but as gin 't war tbe sowl o' a ncw-bom 
bairn. Min'ye itlias to snir(nTce)nionyn{>cn- 
crnion (ftcryour bnnes lie bare i'lhe moul', an' 
re mnun hae respec' to ihcm tlint como cflcr ye, 
and no ill-KUidc their fare. I brg yo ivinna 
goddlc 't (maat/ie il)," 

Th« bejoni used to laugh nt Uim in consc- 
OMDM. But long before tbcy were magistrnnds, 
HMi best of Ihem had a profound respect for the 
libratian. Not n few of lliero repaired to him 
wilh all their difficullies; and such a general 
fsTorilo was lie, thnt nny slory of bis humor or 
oddity Ku sure to be received with a roar of 
loTiDg langhlcr. ludeed I doubt whether, with- 
in tbo course of a curriculum, Mr. Cupples had 
not become the rcnl cciitiii of intellectual and 
noral life in iliat college. 

One evening, as ho and Alec were sitlinc lo- 
sethcT ipeeulaiing on ilio ■pecdiesi modu of 
laming Alec's acquirements to money account, 
Aeir landlady entered. 

"Here "a my counin," she said, "Captain 
MfSwtiah t>' the Sta-hortt, Mr. Forbes, wba says 
Ifcnl atbre lang ho '11 bo wantin' a young doctor 
So gang and baud the scuny alT o' his men at 
tlw whanl-Bsliin'. Sue of coorie 1 tboucht o' 
Bf sua flrst, and run up the stair to you. Il 'II 
bo My ponn' i' yer jmueh, and a plenty o' rouch 
fiojt that Ibc liko o' you young fallows likes, 
though I canna «ny I wad like sic things mysel'. 
Only I 'm an auld \vifc, you sec, nod that mnks 
dw differ." 

"Nae thai ttuld. Mistress Leslie," said Cup- 
)i1m, "gin yo nodna lee." 

"Ttdl Captain McTavihhthat I '11 gang,"said 
Alec, nho tiad hesitated no longer than the 
time Mr. Cupples look to say the word of kind 
flnlMry to ihcir Isndlndy. 

"Kb '11 want teB^imonial^ ye ten," 

"Wadna j« gio mo one. Sirs. Leslie f 

*' 'Deed wad I, gin 'I war o" ony acL-oonl. Te 
■oe, Mr. Ater, the day 's no yesterday ; and tliis 



valy. 

Alec followed her down the stair. 

He loon returned, his eyes Ruhing with dc- 
li^l. Adrenture 1 And flfty pounds to take 
lo hi* mother ! 

"All right, Mr. Cupples. Tbe captain hoi 
ItfvuMd lotakemeifmyteslimonials are sallsfaC' 
tan. I think tbcy will give me pood ones now. 
I If il were n't for voii. I shonid have been lying in 
llWfatlcrlDsleaiCof wnlliing llio qnarlcr-dock," 



" Weel, weel, banfam. There '* twa sides la 
maist obligations. I 'm Icebrarian." 

The reader may remember ihol In his boy. 
hood Alec was fond of tbe sea, bad rigged a flag- 
staff, and had boill Ihc Boanie AnnU. Ilo Ua* 
Dearly beside himself with delight, uhich con- 
tinued unjarred until be heard from hismotbcr. 
She bod too much good sense lo make any o|i- 
posiiion, but she could not ptvvenl her anliclpa- 
lions of loss and loneliness from appearing. Ills 
moiher'i trouble cgnclled the exabcrance of AleeV 
spirits without altering bis resolve. Ho wonid 
return lo lior in the fiill ofibc vesr. bringing wirb 
him what would u-nsc lirr mind of half its loud. 

There was uo chwk si 



CIIAltEK LXXSVn. 
Mns. FoRBea nn 
Annie. She could r 
ing her out; and br) 
she was to go, for she iiHihl not be in tlio Iioum 
with Toung Brocc. On Ibe iilhrr hand, she bad 
still ifae same dangerous sense of worldWduiy n> 
to tbe prevention of a so-called unsuitable maicli, 
the chance of which wot more threatening lltan 
ever. For Annie had grown very lovely, nnd 
having token captive tbe affections of the mother, 
must put the heart of the son in dire jeopardy. 
Bui Alec arrived two days before he waa cx- 
pcrlcd, and delivered his mother from her ppr- 

Klexity by decbiring thnt if Annie were sent away, 
too would leave the house. He had sein 
throu)*)! Iho maternal precautions iho last lima 
be was al home, and talking with Cupples almul 
ill who secretly wished for bo better luck iban 
that Alec should fall in love with Annie, bad liis 
feelings strengthened as to the uiikindnesi. if 
not injustice, of throwing her periodically inlo 
such a dungeon as ihesocictyoflhoDruccf. 8a 
Annie remained where she was, much, 1 mnst 
confess, to bcr inward conlent. 

The youih and ihe maiden met every day — the 
youth unembarrassed, and the maiden reserved 
and shy, even lo the saiisfaciion of ihe mother. 
But if Alec could have seen the loving ihoughli 
which, like ibrcadi of heavenly gold (for all the 
gold of beavcn is inviaible), wrought themselves 
inio ibo garments she made for him, I do not 
think ie could have helped falling in lovo with 
her, although most men, I fear, would only bavs 
fallen the more in love with themselves, and 
cared the less for her. But he did not see ihem, 
or hear the divine measures lo which bor needle 
flew, as she labored lo arm bim agaiiut the cold 
of I hose regions 

WhuniiU lirs din.toilh l1na,iBd BiMnbmds 
l'•^TO^^«ll lllollA^ou^ sll prodlElDU IhlOKi. 
Alec's college life hod interposed a gulf be- 
tween him and his previous history. But liis 
approaching departure into places unknown and 
a life untried, operaled upon his spiritual condi- 
tion like ihe npproarh c^ death ; ond ha mutt 
strengthen again all the old bonds which hud 
been stretched lliin by lime and absence ; be must 
make righteous atonement for Ihe wrong of neg- 
lect; in sborl, he must set his inward house In 
order, ere ho wenl forth to the abode* of ice. 
Dentil ui nol a lireaker bnt ■ rcnewer of liw. 
And if in view cf dcaih we gird up the Uiina uT 



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our minils, and unite our hearts into a whole of 
love, and tenderness, and atonement, and for- 
f^iveness, tlien Death himself can not be that 
thing of forlomncss and loss. 

He took a day to go and soc Cnrly, and spent 
a pleasant afternoon with him, recalling the old 
times, and the old stories, and the old compan- 
ions ; for the youth with the downy chin has a 
past as ancient as that of the man with the gray 
Ijcard. And Curly told him the story of his en- 
nounter with young Bruce on the bank of the 
Wan Water. And over and over again Annie*s 
name came up, but Curly never hinted at her 
S2crct. 

The next evening he went to see Thomas 
Crann. Thomas received him with a cordiality 
amounting even to gruff tenderness. 

** I 'm richt plaid to see ye," he said ; " and I 
t.ik* it verra kin* o* ye, wi' a' yer gran' leamin', 
to come and see un ignorant man like me. But 
Alec, my man, there *s some things 'at I ken better 
nor ye ken them yet. liim that made the whauls 
is better worth seckin* nor the whauls themscl's. 
Gud*s works mny swallow the man that follows 
them, but God himsel* 's the hidin'-place frac the 
wind, and the covert frao the tempest Set na 
np nae fau?c God — that *s the thing *at ye lo'e 
best, ye ken — for like Dawgon, it *11 fa', and may 
be brain ye i' the fa'. Come doon upo' yer knees 
wi' mc and I *11 pray for ye. But ye maun pray 
for yersel', or my prayers winna be o' muckle 
avail : ye ken that." 

Yielding to the spiritual power of Thomas, 
whose grny-bluo eyes were fltishiog with fervor, 
Alec kneeled down as he was desired, and Thomas 
said — 

** O thou who madest the whales to play i* the 
great watters, and gavest unto men sic a need o' 
licht that they maun hunt the leviathan to baud 
their lamps burnin* at nicht whan thou hast sent 
thy sun awa' to ither lands, bo thou roon* aboot 
this youth, wha surely is nae muckle waur than 
him 'at the Saviour io*ed ; and when thou seest 
his ship gang sailin* into the far north whaur 
thou keepest thy stores o' frost and snaw ready to 
remin' men o' thy goodness by takin* the heat 
frae them for a sizzon — when thou seest his ship 
gaein far north, pit doon thy finger, O Lord, and 
straik a track afore 't throu* amo' the hills o' ico, 
that it may gang throu* in saf-ety, even as thy 
chosen people gaed throu' the Reid Sea, and the 
river o' Jordan. For, Lord, we want him hame 
again in thy good time. For he is the only son 
of his mother, and she is a widow. But aboon 
a', O Lord, elec' him to thy grace, and lat him 
ken the glory o' God, even the licht o' thy coon- 
tenance. For mo, 1 'm a' thine, to live or dee, 
and I care not which. For I hae gotten the 
gnecd o' this warl' ; and gin I binna ready for the 
ncist, it 's because o' my sins, and no o' my sa- 
vours. For I wad glaidly depairt and be with 
the Lord. But this young man has never seen 
thy face ; and, Lord, I 'm jist feared that my 
coontcnance michtfa' even in thy kingdom, gin 
I kcnt that Alec Forbes was doon i* the ill place. 
Spare him, O Lord, and gie him time for repent- 
ance gin he has a chance ; but gin he has nane, 
tak* him at ance, that his doom mny bo the 
Uchter." 

Alec rose with a very serious face, and went 
home to his mother in a mood more concordant 
with her feelings than the light- hcartedness with 



which he generally tried to laugh away her ap- 
prehensions. 

He even called on Robert Bruce, at his mother's 
request. It went terribly against the grain with 
him though. lie expected to find him rude as 
of old, but he was, on the contrary, as pleasant 
as a man could bo whoso only notion of politeness 
lay in licking. 

His civility came from two sources — the one 
hope, the other fear. Alec was going away and 
might never return. That was the hope. For 
although Bruce had spread the report of Annie*s 
engagement to Curly, he believed that Alec was 
the real obstacle to his plans. At the same time 
ho was afraid of him, believing in his cowardly 
mind that Alec would not stop short of personal 
lefiriBhls if he should offend him ; and now he was 
a great six foot fellow, of whose prowess at col- 
lege confused and exaggerated stories were float- 
ing about the town. Bruce was a roan who coold 
hatch and cherish plans, keeping one in reserve 
behind the other, and beholding their rcsalt from 
afar. 

** Ay ! ay ! Mr. Forbes — soe yo *rc gnnn awa' 
amo' the train ile, ore ye ? Hae ye onj share 
i' the tak' no?" 

"I don't think the doctor bos any share,'* an- 
swered Alec. 

** But I warran' ye '11 put to yer han', and help 
at the catchin'." 

*' Very likely." 

" Weel, gin ye come in for a barrel or twa, ye 
may coont upo' me to tak* it aff yer han*, at the 
ordinar' price — to the wholesale merchan*s, yc ken 
— wi' may be a sma' discoont for orderin' 't afore 
the whaul was ta'en." 

The day drew near. He had bidden all his 
friends farewell. He must go just as the spring 
was coming in with the old well-belored green 
home before her on the white banner of the snow- 
drop, and following in miles of jubilation : be 
must not wait for her triumph, but speed away 
before her toward the dreary north, wnich only a 
few of her hard-riding pursuivants would ever 
reach. For green hills he must hare opal-hued 
bergs — for green fields the outspread daty waters, 
rolling in the delight of their few weeks of glori- 
ous freedom, and mocking the unwieldy ioe.£iant8 
that rush in wind-driven troops across their ^ains, 
or welter captive in the weary swell, ana melt 
away beneath the low summer 0un. . 

His mother would have gone to see him on 
board, but he prevailed upon her to say good-bye 
to him at home. She kept her tears till after he 
was gone. Annie bade him farewell with a pale 
face, and a smile that was all sweetness and no 
gladness. She did not weep even afterward. A 
gentle cold hand pressed her heart down, so that 
neither blood reached her face nor water her 
eyes. She went about every thing j ust as before, 
because it had to be done ; but it seemed foolish 
to do any thing. The spring might as well stay 
away for any good that it promised either of 
them. 

As Mr. Cupples was taking his farewell on 
board — 

" Ye Ml gang and see my mother?" said Alec. 

" Ay, ay, bantam ; I 'U do that, Noo tak* 
care o' yersel' ; and dinna tak* leeberties wi' be- 
hemoth. Put a ring in 's nose gin ye like, only 
hand oot ower frae 's tail. He *s no movrsc (noi 
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CHAPTER LXXXVIII. 

Two liava aflcr Alec's depHrturc, Mr. BruM 
.tfall«il Bt liuwglen to ace Annie. 

" Uoo lire ye, Misirosa Forbe*? lloo nro ye, 

I Mi— Anderson? I was jist coniLn' uwei' ihc waiter 

tir Ik itnik, *nd I thoclit I miclit ut wcci (ess lIiq 

bit illlcr wi' mc thnl I 'm aivin yc." 

Annie stared. Slic did oat knotr what he 

cunt. IlcexpUiricd. 

" It '« wcol on til! B lowmcn {licflBrmaHlh) tliat 
I h«e had neitliur biw nor sup anewh my 
heamble riggin-Iroo (rmf-lra), and lu tliat was 
the npmak Tor the inieresl, I mann pny je the 
lane scein' ye wnana acccp' o' the lithcr. I hao 
jUt brocht ya ten poan' to pit i' jcr uia pooch i' 

Annie could hardly belicra hpr ears. Could 
the be ibe righirul owner of snch nnloldiTeakh? 
Wilhont giving her time lo sny nny thing, how- 
ever, Itrnco went on, still holding in bis liaaJ the 
dirty banch of ona-Dound notes^ 

•' But I "m thinkin' the best way o' dijpo«in' 
y 1, wad be to lat me pot it to thn tnvc o' iho 
pnncipal. Sau I '11 jist ink' it lo the bnnk as I 
(nog back. I canna gie yeony thing Tor XVnnsD 
4lul wad be brakin' tlio law ai-ninst eompoan in- 
lenst, but I can rank' it up wme ilhcr gait, ye 

t Annie lind been too much Jilcnscd at the 
prMmect of poascasion to let the money go SO 

"1 hao plenty o' ways o'apen'in' 'I," she said, 

wilhoot wastry. Sno I 'II jiol tuk' it mysul", 
■nJ thank ye, Mr. Brncc." 

(ih« rose and took tho notes from Brnce's nn- 
willinR hand. Bo wns on the point of rcploeing 
Ibemin hia trowscTs-poekct and refusing to give 
them Dp, when hor promptitnde Tcsencd them. 
J)!icomfitnre was manifest in his relactant eyes, 
■he little tug of retraclioQ with which ho 
iA his bold upon the notes. He went home 
mortified, and pnrerty-strickcn, but yet having 
£uncd a step toward a fantier end. 

Aanie begged Mrs. Forbes to take the money. 

"I haTO no use for it, ma'am. An old cown 
«f joun makes as (rood a frock fur me aa I can 
'-■wwant to have." 

Bat Mrs. Forbes would not even lake charjio 
eftbe money — partly from tbc pride of bencB- 

~ !, partly from the fcuroriorolvingit in her 
_ .. Mraila. 8o that Annie, hairing provided 
bemlf with a few necessaries, felt free to spend 
Mt OS she would. How she tonecd fur 
'nbbie Dysierl But not having her, she went 
lo Thamns Craon, and offered the money to 
Um. 

'Deed no, lassie ! I winna lay a flnger 
uprf "i. Lay 't by till jn want it yoracl'." 

" Dinna ye ken somebody that wants 't mair 
nor nw, Thomas?" 

Nov Thomas had jnst been reading a few words 
jMken, aeconllng to Matthew, the tax-i;athcrcr, 
w (he King of Men, declaring the pcrfeeiton of 
Ood to consist in his giring good thing* tu all 
■Uk«, whether Ihey love him or nol. And when 
Aanie asked the qacailon, lie remembered the 



passage and Peter Peterson together. But ho 
could not tmat her to Tollaw her own inttincis, ' 
and therefore went with her to see the poor fellow, 
nhowas in aconsumption, and would never drink 
any more. When be saw his worn face, and tbo 
bones with hands at the ends of them, lijs heart 
smote him that he bad ever been hanh to him ; 
and allhongh he hod gone with the intention of , 
rousing him to a sense of his danger beyond iho 
grave, he found that for yen pity lie cuuld n< ' 
open the prophetic mouth. From sell 
ho took shelter behind Annie, saying ti 
self— "Bnbcs can bciI declare what 's b 
I'coled to them ;" and leA Peter to her miuistra- 

A litlle money wont far lo make his lost days 
comforuble ; and ere she bad been vbiling him 
for more than a month, he loved her so thai he 
was able to believe that God might love him, 
though be knew perfectly (wherein perhaps his 
drunkenness had tanglit him more llian Ih<3 
praycrr of many n pborisec) ihnt bo eonld nut 
deserve it. 

Tliia was the beginning of a new relation be- 
tween Annie and the poor of Glamcrloa. And 
the soul of the maiden grew and blossomed into 
divino tenderness, for it was still more blessed to 
givD than to receive. But she was only allowed 
to taste of this btcssedness, for she had soon to 
learn that oven giving itself mast be gireo awiiy 
cheerfully. 

Aficr three months Bruce called again with 
the qnarter's iniercst. Before the next pciiad 
arrived be had an interview witli James l)ow, to 
whom ho represented that, as ho was now pnjing 
the interest down in cash, he ought not lo bo ex- 
posed to the inconvenience of being called npon 
at any moment to restore tlia principal, bat have 
the money socnred to him for ten yeurs. After 
conaullation, James Dow consented to a-llirce 
yean' loan, beyond which he would not yield. 
Papers to this effect were signed, and one quar- 
ter's interest more was placed in Annie's willing 

In the middle of summer Mr. Copplcs made 
his appearance, and was wnnlily wclcomcij, 
>Ie had at length completed his catalogue of the 
library, and got Ihc books arranged to his mind, 
and was brimful of enjoyment. Ue ran about 
the fields like a child; gathered banches of white 
clover; made a Rteal kite, and bonght an an- 
mensnmblc Icnf^h of string, with which he flew 
it the first day the wind wm worthy of Ibe hon- 
or ; got out Alec's boat, and upici liimwif in Iho 
Glamour; was run away with by ono of the 
plough-horses in the attempt lo ride him to the 
water ; was laughed at and loved by eror; body 
about HoRglon. At length, that is, in about 
ten days, bo began lo ictilc down intoaobriety 
of demeanor. Tbo 6r« thing that sobered hitn 
was a hint of yellow npon a Held of oali. Ho 
began nt once to go and see Iho people of Qlam- 
erton, and called upon Thomas Crana fir«. 

He found him in one of his gloomy mnod^ 
which however ware much lea frequent than they 
bad been, 

*' lloo are ye, anld frien'?" said Cupples. 

" Anld as ye say, sir, and nae muekle farrcr 
on nor whan Ibagnd. I whiles think I bae prof- 
ited teas Ihan any body I ken. BdI eb, sir, I 
wad be sorry, gin I was you, to dee afore I had 
gotten B glimp o' the face o' God." 



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" Uoo ken 70 ihat I bftena gotien n glimp □' 
that same V 

"Ye wad laik mair golcmn like," anairered 
Tliomu. 

"Maybe lwad,"rcipondedCapples, leriouiily. 

" Man. ilrivQ to get it. Gi« biffl no nut, day 
at>T nicbt, till ja get ic Knock, knock, knock, 
till it bo opened till ye." 

■*Weel, Thomas, ye dinns seem »ao happy 
ycnel', cfter n'. Dinnn yc tbink ye may be like 
ane that 's tryiti' to lec the face o' wbilk yc 
>peyk (hron a crack i' the door, in place o' haein' 
patience lill it's opened?" 

Bat the anggestioD was qnitc lost opon Thom- 
as, who, after a Bloomy pauiie, went on. 

"SinVsic an awfu' thing," be began; when 
Ihc door opened, and in walked James Dow. 

Hi« entrance did not intcrnipt Tbomua, bow- 

" Sin '■ nic an awfu' tbing ! And I bao sinned 
lae often and sae lang, that may ho Uo 'II be 
forced eftcr a' 10 sen' mc 10 the bottomless pit." 

"Bool, hoot, Tbamai! dinnn spcyk sic awfa' 
things," said Dow. "They 'redreadfu'lobeark- 
cmill. I b' warren' He's as kin' -bertit as yerscl." 

Jamcn bad no reputation fur piety, Ibongh 
ranch for truthfulness and honesty. Nor had 
ha any idea bow much lay in ibe words be had 
hastily nttored. A light-gleam grew and faded 
on Thomas's fncs. 

" I laid, lie raicbt bo forctd to sec 

"Wliat, Thomas I" cried Cnpplca. He caJna 
aio yc] Wi' the San and the Specrit to hulp 
Him? Anda willin' hcrt in you forbye? Frgs! 
yc hae a grentcr opiDloa o' Savrioa nor I gied yc 
the discredit o'." 

"Na,na; it's Dae Sawinn. It's mysel'. I 
wadna lay mair wylo (htamt) opo' Sawian's 
■boutbers, nor '» his ain. Uc bas cncucb already, 
puir fallow 1 " 

" Ye 'II be o' anld Bobbie Bums's o]iiuion, that 




Q cliangcd, 



Bui bii ci 

"It's a mark o' indKcHin' sin. To the law 
and to tlio testimony. — Gang awa' and lai mc to 
my prnycm." 

Tbcy obeyed ; for cither ibey felt that noth- 
ing but his prnycrs would do, or tbey were awed, 
and dared not remain. 

Mr. Cupples could wait. Tboinas conld not. 

The Forbrn Hope of men must aiorm the 
walls of Hcaicn. 

Among iboso who sit dairn at the e"**^ 11" 
one shall come and open it, are to be found bo A 
Ihc nis« and ihc_careless cbildnm ^^H 



'ftiblin: 



licbt It 



" Sa, ns, be has nane. Bums was nnc proph- 
et." 

"But jiat suppose, Thomits — gin the dc'il war 
to repent." • 

" Man 1" excUimed (be stono-maaon, rising lo 
his full height with slow labor after the day's 
toil, "it wad be cruel logar Ai«i repent. It vrad 
be ower sair upon him. Better kill him. The 
bitterness o' sic repentance wad be ower terri- 
ble. It wad be mora nor he cad bide. It wad 
brak bia bort a'lbcgitbcr. — Na, na, he bos nao 
chance." 

Tlio hist Bcntenco was spoken qaieklv and with 
Bttempied carelessness as he resumed bis seat. 

" Hoo ken ye that?" nskcd Cupplea. 

" Tbete 's no sic word i' the Scriptur'." 

" Do ye think He mann tell us a thing 1" 

"We hae nae richt to think ony thing that 
He doeana tell 's." 

'_' 1 'm nae sac sure 0' that, Thomas. May be, 
whiles, he doesna tett 's a thing jist to gar 'a 
think aboot ii, and be ready for the time whan 
he will tell 'a." 

Thomas was silent for a few moments. Then, 
with a smile — rather a grim one — he said — 

'■ Here 'sacnrious thing, no. — There 'sneytber 
0' you eonrenit, and yet ycr worda sircnthen 
my bert as g'n they cam froe the airt (r(j»ii) 



CHAPTER LXXXIK. ■ 

I Mr. Cdptlkh returned to bis work, fur tbir 

catalogue had to be printed. 

The weeks and months passed on, and the 
lime drew nigh «ben it would be do fully to 
waich Ibe mail-coach in its pride of scarlet and 
gold, ai possibly bearing the welcome letter nn- 
nouncing Alec's return. At length, one morning 
Mrs. Forbes said — 
" We may look for bim crery day now, Annie." 
She did not know with what a tender echo her 
words went roaming about in Annie's bosom. 
awaking a ibousaad ihongbi-birds in the twi- 
light land of memory, which bad lucked their 
beads under their wings to sleep, and tbeicby 

Dm the days went on and the hops was de- 
rerred. TheruBbofihoSea-/.orje didnottrwible 
the sands of the shallow bar, or sweep, with 
fiercely ramping tigare-head, past the long pier- 
spike, stretching like the hand of welcome from 
the hospitable shore. While they fancied her 
full-breaatcd sails, swelled as with aiglu for home^ 
bowing lordly over the aubmissive waters, the 
Sea-liort lay a frozen mass, changed by the 
might of the winds and the snow and the frost 
into the grotesque ice-gaunt pbaniom of a Bbip, 
through which, the winter long, ihe winds would 
go whistling and raving, croivilina upon it the 
snow and Ihe crystal icicles, all in the wild watie 
of the desert north, with no car to bear the sad- 
ness, and no eye 10 behold the dcotlily beauty. 

At length the hope deferred began to make 
Ihe heart sick. Dim anxiety passed into vague 
fear, and then deepened into dull conviction, 
over which ever and anon flickered a pale ghost- 
ly hope, like the iipiiijalina over the swamp that 
hasBwallowed the unwary wanderer. Eachwonld 
tind the other wiBlfully watching lo read any 
'lought that might have escaped the vigilnock' 

' its keeper, and come up from the dangcon ol 
the heart to air itself on the terraces of the face ; 
and each would drop Ihe glance boniedly, as if 
a fault. But (he moment catne when 
their meeting eyea were fixed and tbey burst into 
tears, each accepting the other's confession of 
hopclesB grief as the seal of doom. 

1 will not follow them through the slow shad- 
owB of gathering fate. I will not record the fan- 
cies that tormented them, or describe the blank 
that fell upon the duties of the day. I will not 
" " ■ w, as the winter drew on, tbey heard bis 
calling in tho storm for help, or liow 
through the snow-drifts they saw him plodding 
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I MueO Eo Cora wlinC bccnmo of lierwif. Annie's 

anxiety Milled into an cnrnest prejer that Blie 

BURhi not rebel Kgoini>t the will of Uoit. 

But tlio aniieiy of Thomas Crsnn wai not 

I limited to the earthly fate of the lad. It extcnd- 

f ed to his fate in the other norld — loo iirobably, 

] in hii eyes, that endless, yearlcs\ undivided fate, 

L wherein the breath still bieathed into the soul 

F <»f man by his Maker ia no longer the breath of 

life, bat the breath of infinite dcaih— 

Sole Po.Lllvo<.f Sight, 
ADtlpMtlUI of Uglit, 

I gmng to the ideal darkness a real and individual 
1 hypostoiii in helpless humanity, keeping men 
■liTS that the light in thcni may continue to be 
daritness. 

Terribto were his agonies In wrestling with 
Cod for the life of the lad, and terrible his fear 
kn hii own faith BliDuld fail him if bis pmicrs 
tboald not be heard. Alec Forbes was to Thom- 
as Crann as it were the representative of all his 
nnsaved brothcm and sitters of the human rnee, 
for whose sokes htt, like the Apostle Pnul, would 
hare gUdly undergone what he dreaded for 
them. Ho n-cnt to see his mother; said " Hoo 
are ye, mem?" sat down ; never opened his lips, 
cxrcpt to Dtter a few commonplaees ; rose, and 
left her — a little comforted. Nor caa any tiling 
but hnman sympathy alleiiate the pain witilo it 
ubseurcs not the presence of human grief. Do 
not remind me that the divine is better. I know 
, ii. Bat why? — Because the divine is tho hiehest 
— lira crealiTC human. The sympathy of lite 
Iioril himself is the more human tluii it i> di- 

Aailin Annie's face, as she ministered to her 
friends, shone, notwiilisianding her full share in 
' sorrow, a light that came not from son or 
.. ' — BSitnem aiupprcssed, waititig light. And 
Mn.Forhcsfdl tho holy influenees that proceed- 
ed both from her and from Thomas Crann. 

How maeh easier it is to bear a trouble that 
»)mcs npon a iroublo than one that intrudes a 
death's head into the midst of a merry-making I 
Mr*. Forbes scareely fell it a trouble when she 
reeeived a note from Robert Bruce informing her 
that, oihewos on tho point of removing to anoth- 
er place which ofTered great advantages for the 
employment of the litlla money he possessod, he 
would bo obliged to her to payas soon ns possible 
tba haadrcd pounds she owed him, along with 
MIQ arrears of interest spcellied. She wrote 
i it was impa»>ihle fur her at present, and 
fergot the whole oifair. But within three days 
■ a received a forniul applicniion for tho debt 

HO a new solii'itor. To this she paid no alten- 
lion, just wondering wbnt would eome nexL 
Afker about three months a second application 
wu made, necording to legal form ; and in the 
month of May a tbird arrived, with the bint from 
f he lawyer that his client was now prepared to 
proceed to extremities; whereupon she felt for the 
ilrst timo that she mnst do something. 

She sent for James Dow. 

" Are you going to the market to-day, James t" 
■lie askcd- 

"■Docdaml, mcm.- 

'*Wcll, be sure and go into one of the tents, 
nnd huTC a good dinner." 

" 'Deed, mem, I 'II do noeihing o' the sort. 

't • sin and ■ ibHme to watte gode sitlor Bpo' 



broth an' beef. I'll jisi pit n piece (^ oa(-Mi;<) 
in my pooch, and that '11 fess mc hame as well 's 
a' their kail. I can bide ony thing but wattne." 

" It's very foolish of you, James." 

" It 'syerpleesur to ssy sae, mem," 

■■Well, tell me what to do about that." 

And she handed him tho letter. 

James look it and read it slowly. Then he 
stared at his mistress. Then he read if again. 
At length, with a bewildered look, he said — 

" Gin veawe the siller, ye maun puy't, mem." 

" But 1 can't." 

"Tho Lord preserve's ! What's lo be dnne? 
/haebittbirly poun' haincd (lactd) up i'lny kisl. 
That wadoa gang far." 

'■ No, no. James," returned his mistress. " I 
nm not going to take your money lo pay Mr. 

"He's an awfu'cratuT llial, mem. Uo wud 
Ink' the win'in' slieet off o' tho deid. ' 

■' Well, 1 must see what can be done, I'll go 
and consult Mr. Gibb." 

James took his leave, defected on liis mistrcsi 
account, and on his own. Ashewencoat, bom 

"Eh, Annie!" he said, "this is awfu'." 

" What's the matter, Dooie f " 

■'That achochlin' (icaddtmg, mian) enuur, I 
Bnico, is miniin' (MrcawniiDrj'at roupin' the mis- 
tress fur a wEieen siller she '« aacht htm.'* 

■' He daurna P exclaimed Annie. 

" He'll daur ony thing but tyno (fosf) riller. 
Eh 1 lasue, gin we hadnn len' 't him yours!" 

" I 11 gang till him dircckly. But dinna tell 
the mistress. She wadna like it." 

■' Ma, na. 1 »' hnad my tongnc, 1 1' wnrrati'. 
— Ye're the best craiur ever was bom. She 11 
may be perswaud tho lU-fBurcd tyke (<Ioti)." 

Murmuring the last two sentences lo himself, 
he walked nway. 

When Annie cnic red Brace's shop, the big spi- 
der was unuceopicd, and ready to doronr her. 
He put on therefore his mosi gracious TDceplion. 

" Hoo are ye. Miss Anderson ? I*m glaid to 
see ye. Come benn the hcose." 

" No, I thank yo, I want lo speak lo yerscl", 
Mr. Bruce, What 's a' this aboot Mn. Forbes 
and yon ?" 

'■ Grit fowlt maunna ride ower the tup o' pail 
fowk like me. Mis Anderson," 

"She's a widow, Mr. Brnce" — Annie oottid 
not add " and childless" — "and lays nao claim 
111 be great fuwk. It 'i no a Christian way o' treat. 

■■Fowk mtm hac iheir nin. It's mine, and I 
maun line X There '■ naclhjng ngcn that 1' tho 
ten lables. There 's nao gospel for no giein' fowk 
Iheir ain. I'm nac ■ missionar nou. 1 dinna 
baud wi' sie things. I canna beggar my faimily 
to baud up her mnckle boose. 8ho maun pny 
me. or I '11 tnk' il." 

'■ Gin ye do, Mr. Brnce, ye s' no hae my sil- 
ler ae mitinte after ihe lime '■ up ; and I 'm sorry I 
ye hne'l till than." 

'■That's neither hero nor there. Yo wad bo ' 
want in' 't or that time tmyhoo." 

Now Brnce had giicn up the notion of leaving 
Olsmcrton, for ho had found that tho patrunnge 
of the mis>ionars in grocery was not essential loK 
(^nain measure of succc**; and he hod no Inten- 
tion of proceeding loan aiKiion of Mrs. Porbes'B ' 
goods, for be law iliat would put him i> 



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position with the public than any amount of 
quiet practice in lying and stealing. But there 
was every likelihood of Annie's being married 
some day, and then her money would be reeall- 
cd, and 'he would be left without the capital 
necessary for carrying on his business upon the 
same enlarged scale — seeing he now supplied 
many of the little country shops. It would be a 
grand move then, if, by a far-sighted general- 
feliip, a careful copying of the example of his 
great ancestor, he could get a permanent hold 
of some of Annie's i>roperty. Hence had come 
the descent upon Mrs. Forbes, and hero came its 
success. 

"Yes*hae as mucklo o' mine to ycr nainscl* 
as 11 clear Mrs. Forbes," said Annie. 

** Weel. Verra wcel. — But ye see that 's mine 
for twa year an' a half, ony gait. That wad 
only amuut to losin' her interest for twa year 
an' a half— a'thegither. That winna do." 

♦* What will do, than, Mr. Bruce ?" 

"I dinna ken. I want my ain." 

* ' But ye maunna torment her, Mr. Bruce. Yo 
ken that." 

**Wecl! I'm open to ony thing n'zzonable. 
There 's the interest for twa an* a half— ca* 't 
three year — at what I could mak' o' 't — - say 
nucht per cent — fonr-and-twcnty poun'. Syne 
there 's her arrears o' interest — ^and syne there 's 
the loss o' the ower-turn — and syne there's the 
loss o' the siller that ye winna hae to Icn' me. — 
Gin yo gie me a quittance for a hunner an* fifty 
pouii*, I '11 gie her a receipt. — It '11 be a sair loss 
to me !" 

"Ony thing ye like,** said Annie. 

And Bruce brought out papera already written 
by his lawyer, one of which he signed and the 
other she. 

** Ye *U min'," he added, as she was leaving 
t4ie shop, *' that I hae to pay ye no interest noo 
cxcep* upo* fifty poun'?" 

He had paid her nothing for the last half year 
at least. 

He would not have dared to fleece the girl thus, 
had she had any legally constituted guardians ; 
or had those who would gladly have interfered, 
had power to protect her. But he took core so 
to word the quittance, that in the event of any 
thing going wrong, he might yet claim his hun- 
dred pounds from Mrs. Forbes. 

Annie read over the receipt, and saw that she 
had involved herself in a difficulty. How would 
Mrs. Forbes take it? She begged Bruce not to 
tell her, and be was ready enough to consent 
lie did more. He wrote to Mrs. Forbes to the 
effect that, upon reflection, he had resolved to 
drop farther proceedings for the present; and 
when she carried him a half year's interest, he 
took it in silence, justifying himself on the ground 
tiiat the whole transaction was of doubtful success, 
and he must therefore secure what he could secure. 

As mny well be supposed, Annie had very 
little money to give away now ; and this subject- 
ed her to a quite new sense of suffering. 



CHAPTER XC. 

It was a dreary wintry summer to all at How- 
glen. Why should the ripe com wave deep-dyed 



in the fields of ice, or sweeping about under them 
like a broken sea-weed in the waters so cold, so 
mournful? Yet the work ofthe world must go on. 
The com must be reaped. Things must be 
bought and sold. Even the mourners must eat 
and drink. The stains which the day had gather- 
ed must be washed from the brow of the morning ; 
and the dust to which Alec had gone down must 
be swept from the chair in which he had been 
wont lo sit. So things did go on— of themselves 
as it were, for no one cared much about them, 
although it was the finest harvest that year that 
Howglen had ever borne. It had begun at 
length to appear that the old labor had not been 
cast into a dead grave, but into a living soil, like 
that of which Sir Philip Sidney says in bis nxty- 
fifth psalm — 

u Each clodd relcntelh ai thy droKing,** 
as if it were a human soul that had bethought 
itself and began to bring forth frait. — This might 
be the beginning of good things. But what did 
it matter? 

Annie grew paler, but relaxed not a single 
effort to fill her place. She told her poor friends 
that she had no money now, and could not help 
them ; but most were nearly as glad to see her 
as before ; while one of them who had never liked 
receiving alms from a girl in such a lowly position, 
as well as aome who had always taken them 
thankfully, loved her better when she had nothing 
to give. 

She renewed her acquaintance with Peter 
Whaup, the blacksmith, through his ivife, who 
was ill, and received her visits gladly. 

'* For," she said, ** she *s a fine douce lass, and 
speyks to ye as gin ye war ither fowk, and no as 
gin she kent a'thing, and cam to tell ye the 
muckle half o* *t." 

I wonder how much her friends understood of 
what she read to them ? She did not confine her- 
self to the Bible, which indeed she was a little 
shy of reading except they wanted it, bnt read 
any thing that pleased herself, never doubting 
that * * ither fowk " could enjoy what she enjoyed. 
She even tried the ** Paradise Lost'* upon Mre. 
Whaup, as she had tried it long ago upon Tibbie 
Dyster ; and Mrs. Whaup never seemed tired of 
listening to it. I dare say she understood about 
as much of it as poets do of the celestial harmo- 
nies ever toning around them. 

And Peter Whaup was once known, when 
more than half drank, to stop his swearing in 
mid-volley, simply because he had caught a 
glimpse of Annie at the other end of the street. 
So the maiden grew in favor. Her beauty, both 
inward and outward, was that of the twilight, of 
a morning cloudy with high clouds, or of a i^ilverr 
sea ; it was a spiritual beauty for the most part. 
And her sorrow gave a quiet grace to her de- 
meanor, peacefully ripening it into what is love- 
liest in ladyhood. She always looked like one 
waiting — sometimes like one listening, as she 
waited, to ** melodies unheard." 



CHAPTER XCI. 

Oke night, in the end of October, James Dow 
was walking by the side of his cart along a lone- 
ly road, through a pent-moss, on his way to the 



in the gold of the sunbeam.^ when Alec lay frozen nearest soa-port for a load of coab. Tho moon 



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vn High and full, tlo was approaching a eoII- 
taij milestone in ilio laitbc at Uih tdods. It was 
tbe loneliest place. I-ov swclts of pCBt-groanil, 
the bnrial-placcs of old farcsts, rolled away oa 
tmirj lidc, with, hero and there, patches of the 
wUte-beardcd CBnDa.down, or colton-grosa, gliin- 
noriD)! doabtfulljr as the Wind woke and tnmed 
Umnironihc wide space, where he foaiid notbiag 
•o poff at but those samo little old fairiiissunnme 
ikMr boaiT beards in the atrangc moon. As 
Uow drew near to the tnitcitioDe ho saw nn Dclii- 
looking flEii''B seated npan it. lie was about to 
atft him if he wonld UIec a lift, wlicn the figure 
HM*^ and cried joyfully — 

"Jeamie Doo!" 

James Dow slacgcrcd hnrk, and was nearly 
throim down by the slow-rolling wheel ; fur ilic 
voice was Alec Forbcs's. He eiispcd for brcalh, 
and felt OS if he were recovciini* from a sudden 
stroke of pai-alysii, daring wbieh ever; thing 
DboDi him had pasted awny and a new order 
come in. All that bo was CH])able of wot to cr; 
■ra.' to his horse. 

There stood Alee, in raRs, with n fueo thin bat 
hrowo — healthy, bold, and lirm. He looked ten 
years older stanJini; there in (he moonlight. 

"The Lord proierve 's]"ericil Dow, aadconld 
say nr> rooTO. 

" lie has preserved me, ye see, Jcamie. Iloo 's 
my moihor?" 

" She "s hramly, brawly, Mr. Alec. Tha Lord 
tiTtaervo'sI She 'a been terrible abooi ye. Ys 
IDMiniia gang in upo' ber. It wad kill her." 

"Ibae agniiny scnnolcft, Jeamie. But I'm 
mfii* tired. Ye maun jiat tarn yercairt and lok' 
11 bo worth a lade o' cool to my 
Bitber ony gait. An' syno yo can brak it till 
iw." 

■Without another word, Dow tamed his hone, 

.kalpod Alec into the cart, corcrcd him with his 

— t and some straw, and gtrode away beside, 

fcuowiug whether he was woltinR in a dream. 

la a real starry night. Alee full fast asleep, 

norei waked till the cart ttood «lill, about 

hli mother's door. Ho started ap. 

"Lie still, Mr. Alec," said Dow, ia a whisper. 

rbe miatrcsa '11 be in her bed. And gin ye 
g*B{ in upo' her that gait, ye 'II drive her dafi," 

Almlaydownagain, andDow went to Mary's 

Indow.oQ the other side, to try to wako her. 
Bat jut M ho returned, Alee heard his mother's 
wiMkiw open. 

Who 's (hero ?" she called. 

Nwibody hat me, Jcamie Doo," answered 

_ ..w«. " I was half gaita to Fonlokio, whan 

I had ■mishap upo' the mad. Bettie pal her lit 

vpo* asbarp siano, and full doao, and bruik baith 

'How did she come home then ?" 
She bndc lu come hi 
Broke her legs '." 
Hoot, mem— her k-n 
buies, ye ken, mem; only iho ikin. But slie 
'' ;ang on. And too I brochl her 



What's iIiQt i' 
deid?" 

"Na, mem, de'il a bit o"t! 

'( a slranger Ind that I gao 

Ml. He's fell tired." 

Bnt Dow'i roice tmmbled, or — nr i<ameibln2 
■r oihor rcTcalcd all to ll)« loollier'rt licart. bite 



Ii't ony thing 
1 lift till upo' the 



gave a groat cry. Alec sprung from iho con^ 1 
nisbcd into the hoiuic, and was in bis moihcr'a 1 

Annie was asleep in the next room, but die I 
half awoke with aseubc of his pre&otiee. She 1 
had beard his voice through the folds of sleeji. 
And she thought she was lying on the rug before 
■he dining-room fire, with Alee and his mother \ 
at ihelca-table, as on that night when he brou»!lii 
iier in from the snow-hnt Finding out con- 
fusedly tliat the auppoiiiion did not corrGs]iond I 
niih H>ma other vagae consclouincw, «ho tu|>- 1 
puteii next that sho "liod died in sleep, and wan 
a blessed Ebost,"jast going to find Aloe in , 
bcHVcii. That was abandoned in its turn, and 
oil at once sho knew thai slio was in her owti 
bed, and tlinl Alec and his mothct were talking | 

She rose, bnl could hardly dresa herself fur 
trombliog. Wlien she was dressed, she snt dut>i 
on the edge of Iho bed to bethink benelf. 

The joy was almost torture, but it hnd n ccr 
tain qunlifying biller in it. Ever since sho had 
believed him dead. Alec had hccQ so near to her! 
She hnd loved him as mnch as ever slie would. 
But Life lind cotne in suddenly, and divided those 
whom Death had joined. Hoot ho wai a great 
way off: and sho dared not speak to him whom 
she hnd cherislicd in her heart. Modesty took 
the lekscope from the hands of Love, nnu luni- 
ing it, put the larger end to Annie's eye. Kvcr 
since her canfosaioa to Curly, sho had been mak- 
ing fresh discoveries in bar own heart ; nnd noiv 
the lido of her love swelled so strong, that sho 
fell it most break out in an agony of joy, and be- 
tray her, if once riio looked in tlia face of Alee 
■lire from the dead. Nur was ihit all. What 
she had done nboul his mother's debt must comu 
oat soooj and although Alec could out lliink 
that sho meant lo lay him under obligation, lie 
might yet feci under obligation, and that sho 
could not bear. These things and many mora 
so worked in the scneilive maiden, that as soon 
as she heard Alec and his mother go lo the din- 
ing-room, she put on her bonnet and cloak, stole 
tike a thief through tbo house to tho back door, 
and let herself out into the niglil. 

Sho avoided the path, and went Ibrongh the 
hedge into a field of stubble at iho back of tho 
house, uerosi which slio maile her way to tho 
tum|,ike road, and the new bridge over tlia 
Glamour. Oficn she lumed to look bock to tho 
window of iho room where he thai bad been 
dead was alive and talking with bis widowed 
motlier; and only when the inicrroning trees 
hid it from her sight did she begin lo ihink what 
sho should do. She could think of nothing but 
lo gn to her aunt once more, and ask bcrto lake 
her In for a few days. So ahu walked on tlirougb 
I lie sleeping town. 

Kot a soul was awake, and Iho siil1iiG<s wnt 
awful. It was a pinco of lombs. And iluiwi 
tombs were haanicd by dreamt. Away lownrd 
the nest, the moon lay on tlie slccp-tloping edgi' 
of a Tnggcd chinil, appearing 10 hava ruU''d half 
■Hnf down from it* luTly peak, and about 10 Iw 
launched off its bwelcis bulk into 



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the other three lay in moonlight. The old growth 
of centnries, gables and fronts — stepping out into 
the liglit, retreating into the shadow — outside 
stairs, and dark gateways, stood up in the night 
warding a townful of sleepers. Not one would 
be awake now. Ah yes ! there was light in the 
«vool-carder*s window. His wife was dying. 
That light over the dying, wiped the death-look 
from the